Teenage girl rescued 3 hours after being abducted by 'FB friends'

Panaji: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped from her house in Porvorim by two persons, who befriended her on social networking site Facebook. Hours later, she was rescued, police said yesterday.

After the rescue operation on Monday night, the Goa police nabbed two persons, one of them a minor boy. While Shabbir Babasaheb Sayed (21) was arrested, the minor was sent to a state-run Juvenile Home, they said. "The college-going girl was kidnapped in a white car and we rescued her within three hours. She has been handed over to the family," said Porvorim Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, who headed the rescue operation.

The duo got in touch with her through Facebook and asked her yesterday to come near her house to meet her, the officer said, adding they kidnapped her from there. Dalvi said police printed photos of most of her Facebook friends and showed to some informants who confirmed the girl was seen near her house with two of them.

"The duo was still travelling with the girl when they were nabbed in Porvorim," Dalvi added. The police have sent the girl for a medical examination at Goa Medical college and Hospital. A case under relevant section of IPC has been registered against the accused, police said.             

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