A day after a 13-year-old domestic help was rescued from their locked flat in Dwarka,doctors Sanjay and Sumita Verma returned from their Bangkok holiday and walked out of the airport unnoticed simply because there was no one looking for them.
It now transpires that the FIR against the Vermas was registered on March 30 evening almost 24 hours after the girl was rescued. Police teams fanned out only after formal registration of the FIR.
According to police,the couple landed at Delhi Terminal 3 at 3.30 pm on board an Indigo flight from Bangkok on March 30.
The police,waiting for an order from the Child Welfare Committee for registration of a case,sent out teams almost nine hours after the couples return.
The Vermas and their 11-year-old daughter had left for Bangkok at 3 am on March 25. The daughter is now in the care of relatives.
A senior police officer told Newsline that it was only after the registration of the FIR that police began deploying teams at Terminal 3. What they didnt know was that the couple had already returned.
Police said they informed FRRO authorities on March 31. After this,details of passengers on board flights from Bangkok to Delhi,Amritsar and Kolkata were checked since the couple have relatives in these cities.
According to police,they checked on relatives of the couple in the city and when they failed to get any information, they approached the FRRO and issued a Look Out Circular.
It was only on Tuesday evening that the FRRO informed police that the couple had returned to the city a day after the rescue.
When his comments were sought,Additional Commissioner of Police (South West) A K Ojha said: The couple claim they arrived in the city on March 30. We will verify this.