Lost 4 months ago,infant found in Gurdaspur

The boy had gone missing on September 28,2011 after his parents got separated in Mansa Devi temple during the Navratra festival.

Written by Express News Service | Kurali/panchkula | Published:February 3, 2012 1:38 am

Kidnapper had sold Nishant to a neighbour for Rs 75,000

Four months after a 10-month-old boy was kidnapped from the Mansa Devi temple complex,the Panchkula police recovered Nishant from Girdaspur on Wednesday. Two persons were arrested in this connection on Thursday.

The boy (now 14-month-old) had gone missing on September 28,2011 after his parents — hailing from Manakpur in Pinjore — got separated in Mansa Devi temple during the Navratra festival. Sarita,Nishant’s mother had handed over the child to an unknown couple and taken their mobile number. When Sarita returned,her child and the couple were missing.

The boy was found in the custody of Kashmir Singh (32),a rickshaw puller,and his lover Arti. “After working hard for almost four months,we were able to recover the boy. The case was solved with the help of intelligence and technical help,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Panchkula) Maneesh Chaudhary.

During interrogation,it was revealed that in a bid to show that they were married and had a child,Kashmir Singh and his lover Arti abducted Nishant from the temple.

Much to Kashmir Singh’s chagrin,the ploy failed to work as Arti’s husband forced her to come with him despite Arti and Kashmir claiming that Nishant was their child. Later,Kashmir sold the child to his neighbour for Rs 75,000.

Kashmir had been able to fool Sarita by giving her a mobile number that he had got disconnected a year ago.

The only ‘mistake’ Kashmir committed was that he disclosed his real name. His name,coupled with the mobile number,helped Panchkula police trace Kashmir to Gurdaspur.

It was found that Kashmir,a resident of Hoshiarpur,had used the number for over six months.

Kashmir was,however,not found on the said address,which turned out to be a spinning mill. After investigations,police found that a total of 13 people having the same name had worked at the mill in the last two years.

“In the past three months,we found many with the name of Kashmir Singh,but no one was identified by Sarita. A few days ago,we got an input that one Kashmir Singh in Gurdaspur has returned home after eight years. A police team was dispatched and caught hold of Kashmir. He disclosed that he had sold the boy to Jaspal. We went to Jaspal’s residence and found the boy. We recovered the boy and arrested Kashmir Singh,” said Station House Officer Dilip Kumar.

The police have arrested Kashmir and his father,who connived with his son to sell Nishant. Arti and Jaspal are absconding.

After recovering the child,Panchkula police called Nishant’s maternal uncle Ashu for identification of the child.

Later,the boy was sent home.

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