Kondotti : In a brazen attack in Koottukara, a man, reportedly a stranger, lay in wait by the paddy fields and ambushed a college student as she arrived on her regular path.
He pounced on the girl and dragged her to the plantain field nearby where he bound her hands and gagged the victim with her own dupatta(churidar shawl). The girl apparently put up a brave fight and managed to momentarily flee. But the attacker soon caught up with her and then bashed her face with a stone to prevent her escape. The girl persisted despite the hurt and this time managed to run into a house nearby. The girl described her attacker as a fair-skinned of fat build, who is clean-shaven.
Police are canvassing people and examining CCTV footage in the neighbourhood to find clues to the culprit’s identity. Forensic technicians collected fingerprints and other evidences including a footwear that police believe was left by the attacker during his hasty retreat. . Dog squad from Malappuram too has been pressed into hunt for the culprit.