Bhuj/Mumbai, July 17
A 20-year-old engineering scholar from Maharashtra was apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch whereas he was making an attempt to sneak into Pakistan on foot to fulfill a lady he had befriended on social media, officers mentioned on Friday.
The man, recognized as Zishan Mohammad Siddiqui, is a resident of Khwajangar in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad city, they mentioned.
“Siddiqui was held by the BSF on Thursday night and later handed over to the local police,” Kutch-East Superintendent of Police, Parikshita Rathod, mentioned.
“Police had issued an alert after a bike with the Maharashtra registration quantity was discovered deserted close to Dholavira village within the Rann of Kutch on Thursday night.
The BSF later nabbed the person when he was discovered strolling in direction of the border in a bid to enter Pakistan,” Rathod added.
According to a police official from Maharashtra, Siddiqui had left his dwelling in Osmanabad on a bike on July 11 to fulfill the lady in Pakistan as no technique of public transport was obtainable as a result of lockdown.
“He went to Kutch on his motorcycle to cross the border and enter Pakistan,” he mentioned.
According to police sources, after his bike bought caught within the sand, he began strolling in direction of Pakistan.
The police official mentioned that Siddiqui was in contact with a Pakistani lady via social media for the previous few months they usually had been in love with one another.
“After his disappearance, his family members had approached the Osmanabad city police station and lodged a missing person’s complaint,” mentioned Rajtilak Roshan, Superintendent of Police, Osmanabad.
“Police launched a probe and Siddiqui’s social media accounts were examined, in which it came to light that he has left home to meet the girl in Pakistan,” he mentioned.
Based on his cell phone information, the cyber wing of the Osmanabad police traced his whereabouts, the official mentioned.
He was traced close to Kutch and the main points had been shared with the Gujarat police, he mentioned.
According to a different official, the details about Siddiqui was additionally shared with the BSF officers and he was detained on Thursday evening, simply earlier than he was making an attempt to cross the border and enter Pakistan.
The Osmanabad police mentioned they’ve obtained some messages exchanged between Siddiqui and the Pakistani lady.
A group of Osmanabad police has left for Kutch to take his custody and produce him again dwelling, the official mentioned.
Meanwhile, an announcement issued by the BSF in Gujarat mentioned that after he was caught, Siddiqui informed them that he was in love with a Karachi-based lady.
“He wanted to go to Pakistan and had used Google Map for navigation. He was apprehended about 1.5 km short of Indo-Pak international border when he was attempting to cross over to Pakistan. He was in a dehydrated state and revealed that he had gone unconscious for about two hours in the Rann,” it mentioned. PTI