Eight years after a 10-year-old girl went missing, Delhi Police found out that she was in Kanpur, but had to go to some lengths to locate her family as both their address and phone number had changed. Finally, police managed to find her family members, and reunited them with the girl.
After the girl went missing in March 2008 in northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura area, a case of kidnapping was registered, but police could not find the girl.
The case was closed on April 30, 2009, with an ‘Untraced Report’ . Nearly six years later, on March 12 this year, Station House Officer of Bhajanpura police station, Vijay Shrotiya, received a call from a children’s home in Kanpur. He was told that a girl, who lived there, matched the description of the missing child.
Initially, police tried to get in touch with the girl’s family by calling up the phone number given in the FIR, but they found that the number belonged to someone else now.
“ We visited the address in the FIR, which belonged to the girl’s father, but found that the family no longer lived there. We sent a team to their native place in Agra, but found they don’t live there anymore,” said DCP (northeast) A K Singla. After questioning some local residents in Agra, they managed to get the address of the girl’s aunt, who put them in touch with her father.
A police team took him to the children’s home, where he identified the girl,” said the DCP. The girl, now 18, also identified the complainant as her father. She was then produced before the Child Welfare Committee, which handed over her custody to her father.