Delhi girl Jahnvi found, police now believe Facebook campaign spooked ‘kidnappers’

Delhi Police had announced a Rs 50,000 reward for anyone providing information regarding Jahnvi.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2014 10:10:12 pm
At police station Sunday night. At police station Sunday night.

A week after she went missing from India Gate lawns while on an outing with her parents, three-year-old Jahnvi Ahuja was found Sunday night walking about alone in Lajwanti Garden, Janakpuri, in West Delhi.

On Sunday morning, Delhi Police chief B S Bassi had announced a Rs 50,000 reward for anyone providing information regarding Jahnvi.

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Police suspect Jahnvi’s kidnappers panicked and abandoned her following widespread media coverage of her disappearance and the campaign launched on social network by her parents to find her.

Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) M K Meena confirmed that the child had been identified by her parents as Jahnvi. Police said she was fine and had been handed over to her parents, who live in West Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar.

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The details of her recovery were surrounded in drama. Police said they received a call around 8 pm from a local in Lajwanti Park, later identified as “Mukesh”, about a small girl wandering near a park in D block. The caller reportedly said the girl had a placard around her neck with her name, her father’s number and the fact that she had gone missing from India Gate written on it by hand.

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