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Pune: Good Samaritans rush to the aid of unconscious woman

A 28-year-old woman working in call centre was found in semi-nude and unconscious state near isolated garden area in Pimple-Gurav area on Friday evening. Many on-lookers had gathered near her but none tried to help her until two good samaritans - Kiran Gaikwad (24) and Nitin Sarkata (26) - passing by the site stopped, interacted with her and then rushed her to hospital and alerted the police.

Heroes: BPO employee Nitin Sarkate and cab driver Kiran Gaikwad, who drove the woman to Aundh hospital
Heroes: BPO employee Nitin Sarkate and cab driver Kiran Gaikwad, who drove the woman to Aundh hospital

The victim was last seen with two youths at a coffee shop on Wednesday night and then found lying in semi-nude and unconscious condition in the area from Friday morning. Police are trying to find out what happened on Wednesday night till Friday morning.

The victim works at an Aundh based reputed multinational BPO company and hails from Jabalpur. She is a divorcee and currently stays in a posh society in Aundh.

A local resident woman on condition of not disclosing her identity told mid-day that during her morning walk she had seen two youths along with the victim on Friday morning.”

Sangvi police have registered a case against two unidentified youths on charges of causing hurt by means of poisoning and kidnapping under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Police are also probing the possibility of sexual abuse, however the victim is in trauma and is not able to reveal the details.

Of the two youths who helped the victim, Kiran is a cab driver and Nitin works at a Vimannagar based Insurance company call center.

Recalling the incident, Kiran said, “On Friday evening around 8.30 pm, I was on way to drop Nitin at his residence in Pimple-Saudagar area. We noticed a crowd that had gathered near garden situated at Katepuram chowk near Anand park. When we went there, we saw a lady lying in semi-nude condition. She had also vomited and her cloths were scattered. She was not even able to get up. We gathered her clothes but she was not able to wear it. We gave water to drink and interacted with her in Hindi language. She was pleading us to take her to any doctor or to police. Seeing her state, we immediately picked her up and put her in my car. We rushed her to the Aundh hospital and alerted the police. In the meantime, to inform her parent, we checked her purse. While inspecting her purse we found cash, her company ID card and her mobile handset.”

He added, “First, we contacted her company office but no one answered the call. Later we called her father who claimed that he was in Jabalpur and asked us to rush her to hospital. We also contacted her couple of friends who just gathered information from us but later they did not answer our calls. From the local resident we came to know that the woman was found on the ground since Friday morning. We both had completed our night shift so we went home after police came to hospital.”

Senior Inspector Saifan Mujavar of Sangvi police station said, “The victim is not revealing much information to us and has just told us that she was at Aundh based Star buck coffee shop on Wednesday evening. We have collected the CCTV camera grabs from the coffee shop between 6.30pm to 8.05pm when she was seen walking out with two youths.”

He added, “We are probing if the victim was sexually abused or not. We are scrutinizing her call records and other nearby CCTV camera grabs to gain information. During investigation, it has been revealed that woman was later taken by the youth in some apartment. But she is neither revealing their names nor their identity. We are waiting for the medical tests report of the victim.”

A senior police officer speaking to Mid-day on condition of anonymity said, “The victim was initially undergoing a treatment in Aundh based hospital and around 12.30 am Saturday she has been shifted to Sassoon General hospital. The victim does not know what had happenned with her but prima facie there are no external injuries on her. Two youth whose images are being captured in the footages are Fergusson college students. We suspect it to be a case of drug or liqour overdose.”

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