A 28-year-old man was arrested in Masjid Bunder on Monday after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a five-year-old girl from Masjid Bunder. The accused reportedly told the police that he tried to take the girl away because she reminded him of his daughter. Locals, however, prevented the accused from escaping, the police said.
“Sagar Sharma, a native of Igatpuri, works as a hawker on long-distance trains. At 7.30 pm on Monday, Sharma was passing a slum colony in Masjid Bunder when his eyes fell on five-year-old Meghna Oghania, who was playing outside her home near Radhakrishna Hotel. Sharma approached the girl, took her in his arms and tried to carry her away. But Meghna’s neighbours, who saw an unknown man taking her away, raised an alarm and alerted her mother, Annu Oghania. Other passersby gathered and beat up Sharma and called the police,” said Inspector Chandrakant Gurav, Pydhonie police station.
Sharma, who has been charged with kidnapping under the Indian Penal Code and now remanded in police custody, journeys between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Igatpuri daily, selling snacks on trains, the police said.
No motive has so far been established for the aborted kidnapping attempt, but the police said Sharma had given only reason so far. “During interrogation, he told us that Meghna reminded him of his daughter,” Gurav said.
He added, “Sharma has given us the address of his Igatpuri residence. We will make inquiries there to establish whether he has family and a daughter there.”
Sharma is also being interrogated for possible involvement in another kidnapping case that took place in Pydhonie last December. “A two-month-old boy was taken away from his home in December. We have CCTV recordings of that crime and have to corroborate if that too was committed by Sharma,” Gurav said.