The seven-month-old boy kidnapped by a woman from the Cama Hospital on Wednesday was found near the Mumbai Dargah,next to the Bombay Hospital,on Saturday morning. Police said the boy was later reunited with his parents and efforts were on to trace the alleged kidnapper.
The woman had offered to look after the boy Vishwanath Kale while his mother Durga (20) was filling an application form to get him admitted to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Durga had taken him to the hospital to treat him for a rash. The woman and the boy had disappeared by the time Durga returned. Azad Maidan police had registered a case of kidnapping.
Interestingly,police officers said the suspect had given medicines to the toddler for the rash as it had been healed. She had also left a warm bottle of milk and medicines for him.
Assistant police inspector Anil Surve said a woman had handed Vishwanath to a person and given him Rs 20 to take care of him. From the statement we have recorded,we learnt that the woman came in a taxi and handed Vishwanath over to a man who was there. She also gave him Rs 20 and said the toddlers mother would come soon and take him. The woman then left in the same taxi,leaving the boy behind.
The man to whom the suspect handed the boy works at a tea stall near the Masjid. He has some problem and is not of a sound mind. Seeing a child in his arms,those nearby asked him who the kid was. He narrated the incident and we were immediately called. We found the toddler crying,whom we brought to the police station and handed over to the mother, Surve said.
Police said the woman had not stepped out of the taxi but they would be able to zero in on the taxi with the help of CCTV feeds at establishments nearby. There are establishments with CCTV cameras in the vicinity. We will study the feeds to get the taxi number and try to trace the woman, Surve said. Unless we nab the woman,we will not be able to find the motive.
Durga said she was happy that her son has been returned to her. I cannot thank the police enough for what they have done.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Azad Maidan Division) Shashikant Satav said police teams were trying to locate the suspect. We are confident of nabbing her soon. Our priority was to locate the toddler.
Cops reunite another missing child with parents
In another kidnapping case,the Azad Maidan police reunited a four-year-old girl who went missing early on Thursday morning with her parents. The girl Kajal Bagore was kidnapped from near the Mumbai Dargah. She was found by a passerby near a lane next to the Masjid on Saturday. He asked her what she was doing and she said she wanted to go to her mother. We were then informed and we sent a team. Her parents had also reached the spot by then and she was reunited with them, said an officer who did not wish to be named.