A 33-year-old woman faculty of a private women’s college in the city was abducted by a six-member gang lead by an AIADMK functionary here on Monday.
After abducting the woman in a private van, the gang abandoned her some time later at Thuvarankurichi after news spread like wildfire.
The woman faculty along with her relative – also a teacher in the same college situated near the Chathram bus stand — was walking to the institution when the gang struck at the busy Andar Street area.
A couple of men alighted from the vehicle and forcibly pushed her in and sped away from the spot.
Police sources said an AIADMK functionary, Somu alias ‘Vanakkam’ Somu, was inside the vehicle.
Sources said Somu, who was already married and had two children, apparently wanted to marry the woman. Police believe that the gang had initially planned to go to Telangapatti near Manapparai.
In the meantime, as the Fort police received information about the abduction and a team went in search of her. The gang apparently changed its plan and abandoned her at Thuvarankurichi. She then called up her mother.
The Fort police later brought her to the city and conducted inquiries with the woman and her mother during which the hand of AIADMK functionary came to light, said the sources.
Acting on a complaint from the mother, the Fort police registered a case under IPC Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) against Somu and five others.
Two special teams have been constituted to apprehend the accused.