Woman, who faked own abduction, arrested

Woman, who 'kidnapped self', lands in police net
District police chief and forensic experts at Meenu's house in Chittarikkal

Chittarikkal (Kasaragod): A woman who faked her own kidnapping along with her boyfriend has landed in police custody. Meenu, aged 23, had gone into hiding along with her three-year-old son on Friday morning after calling up her husband and telling him that a gang of scrap collectors was trying to kidnap them.

The woman, wife of Manu Kaithavelil from Velladukkam at Chittarikkal, was taken into custody by the police from the Kozhikode railway station in the afternoon along with a young man named Binu.

She had orchestrated her elopement dramatically. She could convince her husband that she was actually kidnapped by a gang. Manu rushed home as soon as he received his wife’s distress call. He found his house in a mess, as if someone had barged into it. He immediately informed the police.

District police chief Dr A Srinivas, Kanhangad deputy superintendent of police P K Sudhakaran, Vellarikkundu circle inspector M Sunil Kumar and Chittarikkal sub-inspector Ranjit Ravindran reached the house along with forensic experts. However, the victim was found from the Kozhikode railway station within a few hours.

Meenu had reportedly planned the whole episode as a decoy to elope with her boyfriend from Cherupuzha. She met him while working in a firm in Cherupuzha. The mother of a three-year-old did not want to be blamed for abandoning her husband.

She deftly tried to turn her house into a crime scene. The police found clothes and food items strewn all over the house. She left an impression that she was hurt in the attack by scrap collectors. She even managed to send a bloodied selfie to her husband.

The forensic team had little difficulty in identifying the pool of blood as paint. Meenu had dabbed the paint on her neck before sending her selfie to Manu. The photo found its way to social media and put the locals on tenterhooks.

Meenu and Binu will be produced before a court. Meenu will be slapped with a case for trying to dupe the police and her family.

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