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Love jihad in Odisha: Hostage rescued, suspect arrested

On 16 December, the girl’s father had lodged a complaint against Bobby for kidnapping his daughter and alleged it to be a case of Love Jihad

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Crime Love jihad in Odisha: Hostage rescued, suspect arrested

Police rescued the 21-year-old woman, whom a Muslim youth had allegedly kidnapped, on 17 December night. The Muslim man kept the woman in captivity in the Jagatpur area of District Cuttack. Police arrested the suspect, identified as Shaikh Abdul Sehmat Khan alias Bobby of Choramuhan village. The sub-divisional police officer of Jajpur Road, Chinmaya Kumar Nayak, said the cops were bringing both the accused and the victim to the Dharmasala police station.

On 16 December, the woman’s father had lodged a complaint against Bobby for kidnapping his daughter and alleged it to be a case of love jihad. Previously, police had arrested Bobby’s father Shaikh Abdul Hamid Khan for his alleged involvement in the abduction and threatening the woman’s parents of dire consequences. He was produced in the local court which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.

Besides, an audio clip of the woman claiming torture by her abductor had gone viral on the day. In a recorded telephone conversation with her mother, the victim from Chahata in District Jajpur was heard alleging that she had been confined by her kidnapper in a hotel room near the Puri sea beach for the past two days. She informed her mother that the abductor was planning to take her to a mosque in Cuttack for marriage.

“My abductor is moving me from one place to another. Now we are in a hotel near the beach in Puri. I am confined to the room for the last two days. He is torturing me and my life is in danger,” the woman was heard telling her mother in the audio. 

The victim further said she will be taken to a mosque at Sutahat in Cuttack for marriage. “They would change my religion in the mosque before marriage,” the woman said and prayed her family members to rescue her from the kidnapper’s clutches immediately.

In his complaint to the Jajpur SP on 16 December, the woman’s father had stated that his daughter had gone to collect her migration certificate from Vyasa Nagar Autonomous College at Jajpur Road on 5 December. However, she did not return home in the evening and her mobile phone was switched off. He alleged that Bobby had earlier made several attempts to kidnap and marry his daughter by changing her religion.

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