A 30-year-old woman was arrested by the Malwani police on Wednesday while she was allegedly attempting to kidnap two school girls with the help of a male friend. She told the police that she was the estranged mother of one of the girls.
The girl did not recognise the woman,who had reportedly left her family and fled when her daughter was just a year old. Missing for the past six years,the woman decided to surface to take her daughter along with her, the police said.
The Malwani police were alerted by residents,who spotted the woman and her male friend trying to pull the girl and her cousin into an autorickshaw.
On Wednesday,the accused landed up outside the gate of the BMC school in Malwani where the two girls study,and asked her daughter to come along with her by saying that she was her mother. When the girl failed to recognise her,the accused allegedly got angry and pushed the girls inside the autorickshaw. Both the girls continuously pleaded the woman to leave them alone,and shouted out for help. Later,the locals asked the woman to get off the rickshaw and nabbed her and her friend. The duo were handed over to the Malwani police, the police added
Abdul Rauf Shaikh,Senior Police Inspector of Malwani police station,said they had questioned the accused about the motive behind kidnapping,when the woman,identified as Kiran Sudhakar Salunkhe,revealed that she had fled her house and a missing persons complaint was registered for her at the police station.
On the basis of a complaint filed by victims father Sudhakar Salunkhe,we have arrested Kiran and her friend Hasiburrehman in a kidnapping case. The victims father revealed that around six years back,Kiran left him and their daughter,and he had been taking care of her since, Shaikh said.
Malwani police said after kidnapping the girls,Kiran intended to take the girls to Kolkata.
The accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC. They will be produced in court on Thursday, Shaikh added.