Four days after her father had approached the police to report that she had been kidnapped from her school,the Khar police on Monday finally registered a case and initiated a probe to trace 7-year-old Saniya Shaikh. The kidnapping case was eventually filed after a departmental inquiry was launched against an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and other officers for inaction and negligence.
Saniya was reportedly kidnapped on July 19 from her school by a burkha-clad person. Her father Naushad Shaikh attempted to lodge a complaint several times at Khar police station,but was refused for various reasons. The matter was reported to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 9) Pratap Dighavkar,who initiated action against the ACP and other officers concerned. A complaint was lodged on Monday and the statement of the victims family members recorded.
Police said Saniya was kidnapped from Kamla High School. After classes on July 19,she failed to return home.Her father called up the school principal,who directed them to call the class teacher.The class teacher claimed that a burkha-clad woman had been seen leaving the school with her.
Police said the victim’s father has named the girls mother as the main suspect. The couple divorced in 2010 and the women lives in Uttar Pradesh.