A four-year-old boy who went missing from near his residence in Dongri on April 25 was found in Kamathipura area near Grant Road by residents on Saturday night,and was handed over to the police,who have ruled out kidnapping at this stage.
Senior police inspector VB Mukne,said the boy,identified as Masoom Murtuza,was found wandering in Kamathipura,when he was picked up by some residents in the area and was taken to the JJ Marg Police Station. The boy was found in similar attire he was wearing on the day he went missing, Mukne said.
He added the boy was then moved to a charitable home in Dongri,from where he will be handed over to his parents. Masooms father had registered a kidnapping case with the Dongri police.
Police inspector Sudhir Mali of the Dongri police station said the police had circulated photographs of Masoom to the media. We informed various NGOs,other organisations and police stations across the city, Mali said,adding this is how residents identified Masoom and handed him over to the JJ Marg police station.
Police officers have ruled out kidnapping for now. If the boy was kidnapped,he would not be released so easily. Hence,it is difficult to say that he was kidnapped. There are no injury marks on the childs body to suggest kidnapping. Even his body language has been normal,said Mali.
Earlier,the police had released the sketch of a woman who they suspected to have kidnapped the boy. According to police,20 days before he went missing,Masoom was picked up by a woman while he was playing. The woman was allegedly passing by with the child down Chavan Gully,when Masoom,who happened to see his mother Asgari Khasun,reached out to meet her. Asgari,27,who was shopping for her daily supplies then confronted the woman. The woman claimed that the child had lost his way and she was helping him reach home.