In another daily reminder of the increasingly unsafe conditions for women in the city, Kavya, a 27-year-old woman techie was kidnapped, robbed, and attacked in Chennai on Friday night.
According to a report in the Times of India, the techie, a resident of Avadi, was travelling in the cab near Ambattur when the driver stopped to answer nature’s call. As soon as he had left, two masked men entered the cab and abducted Kavya. According to TV news reports, Kavya was on her way home from work when the duo attacked.
The duo in the car then asked Vinod Kumar, the cab driver to head towards Surapet, to be met by two accomplices at the Karanodai toll gate. Kavya was forced at this point to hand over her debit card and reveal her ATM pin number to the accomplices.
When the car passed by the toll gate in Karanodai around 11 pm, Kavya was thrown out of the moving car.
Police sources suspect that the driver was in cahoots with the gang and have traced him down as Kavya had booked the cab using an aggregator app. According to the police, no transaction had been made using the card stolen from the techie.
According to the ToI report, CCTV camera footage was obtained by the police near Grand North Trunk road.
The robbery comes less than a month after another Chennai techie Lavanya was attacked while on her two-wheeler back home from work on the Thalambur-Perumbakkam main road. Lavanya was hit on the head with an iron rod by unidentified persons who made away with her cell phone and jewellery. The investigation had led to the arrest of three 21-year-olds in connection with the crime.