Gulf-returnee woman kidnapped; involvement of gold smuggling racket suspected

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Alappuzha (Ker), Feb 22 (PTI): A 32-year old woman, who returned from the Gulf only four days ago, was allegedly abducted from her house here by an unidentified gang in the wee hours of Monday, police said.

The armed gang, which barged into the house breaking open the front door and took her away, was suspected to have connections with a gold smuggling racket, they said.

Bindhu, a native of Kurattikkad, was working in a supermarket in the Gulf.

According to her family, Bindhu had received some phone calls the other day asking whether she had any gold withher.

When she denied, the anonymous callers cut the phone call, they said adding that two people were also found moving under suspicious circumstances near the house after Bindhu reached from abroad.

Binoy, her husband, said a group of around 15 men, carryingweapons, rang the calling bell of the house, located in Mannar here, at around 2 AM.

Though the family tried to alert the police, they barged into the house and abducted her, he added.

'We have registered a case in this regard and investigation is on. As per the preliminary information, issues related to gold smuggling was suspected behind the kidnapping,' a police officer told P T I.

He also said police could not divulge any other details at this stage of probe.PTI LGKSS PTI PTI