A six-year-old girl, Abigail Sara Reji, was abducted on Monday evening from Oyoor in Kerala’s Kollam district. While an intense search is happening, the whereabouts of the girl remain unknown.
The kidnappers, suspected to be four in number including a woman, came in a white car and abducted the six-year-old girl while she was going for tuition classes along with her eight-year-old brother, according to the boy’s statement to police.
Two ransom calls were allegedly made by the kidnappers. Initially, they demanded Rs 5 lakh and then later doubled the figure.
The abduction has raised alarm in the state, leaving social media and TV channels amplifying calls for help to gather tips to rescue the girl.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday had directed the state police to intensify its investigation. He had directed the state police chief to ensure a flawless and speedy investigation into the incident, his office had said in a statement.
A sketch of a suspected kidnapper has also been released by the police.