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Andrea Bharatt

A ransom demand has been made for the safe return of an Arima woman who was kidnapped while on her way home on Friday.

Andrea Bharatt, of Arima Old Road, was last seen by a co-worker around 6.05 that night.

The 23-year-old, who is employed as a clerk at the Arima Magistrate’s Court, was in company of a female friend from work when the two got into a taxi at King Street, Arima, in the vicinity of Maharaj West Side Supermarket.

The driver dropped off Bharatt’s friend at her home in Cleaver Heights, Arima, around 6 pm.

Bharatt was supposed to be dropped off about ten minutes later, but she never arrived home.

When she failed to turn up, Bharatt’s father began calling her cellphone but was unsuccessful in contacting her.

Around 7.30 pm, an unknown male answered the phone and warned Bharatt’s father that his daughter’s ears would be cut off and sent to him if he did not comply with the instructions. The caller then hung up.

CCTV footage was obtained by investigators as part of the effort to help them identify the car, the driver and the male passenger who had been seated in the front seat when Bharatt and her co-worker entered the vehicle.

The driver was said to be an African male, dark complexion and slim built, while the passenger was also of African descent, dark complexion and medium built.

Investigations are continuing by officers from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and the Cyber Crime Unit.