Nagpur: A dream of higher studies driven a 13-year-old girl from Katol to Bihar where a friend that she had met through social networking site Instagram, had promised to fund her future education. The girl, whose father owns a pan kiosk, was unsure whether the family could bear the expenses of her studies. After she met her ‘friend’ at Samastipur in Bihar; he had assured to help her get higher education and a respectable job. Following which the girl left home at Katol on January 25 with just Rs 70 in her pocket.
According to police sources, the girl’s father had given her the mobile phone to attend the online classes, just two months ago and then she started chatting with a stranger before stepping into his trap.
The girl had left home on pretext of filling out an online form at an internet café. The Std IX girl headed to Nagpur railway station in a bus, from where she took a Bihar-bound train. The girl was rescued in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh through the efforts of Katol police, Railway protection force (RPF), UP police and Government Railway Police (GRP), said sources.
The cyber cell of Local Crime Branch (LCB) informed that the cell phone location of the girl was at Budni in Hosangabad. (Madhya Pradesh) but it was changing fast . Later, the cyber cell realised that the girl was in some train passing through UP. We found out the train to be Ernakulam Express, and alerted the railway security forces by sending their picture on their whats app. Finally the girl was traced in the general coach. She had been hungry all along .She was fed and counselled by railway police, said sources.