Police in West Bengal's East Bardhaman district chased a truck for 15 km and rescued a hearing and speech-impaired woman, who was lying on the floor behind the driver's seat with her hands and legs tied.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver had allegedly abducted the woman in her mid-30s with the intention of raping her.
While patrolling at Guskara in East Burdwan district on a motorcycle, Bikash Gorai, the civic volunteer, heard the groans of a woman coming from the cabin and asked the driver to come out.
'The suspect suddenly started driving. After chasing the truck for a few meters, Gorai realized his two-wheeler would not be able to match the speed of the truck and called the local police station, giving them the registration number of the vehicle,’’ said a police officer.
The chase ended when both the vehicles reached an intersection. Police took advantage of the additional width of the place, overtook the truck and waylaid it.
Police arrested Abul Sheikh, the truck driver, and registered a Suo moto case under the charges of abduction and attempt to rape. The woman was sent to a state-run hospital for medical examination.