Bhayandar : Kidnapped from a hospital in 2001 when she was just 10 days old, a  16-year-old girl has now been rescued from Mira Road by the Thane (rural) police.

A woman identified as Kiran Tarachand Raj (44) has been arrested and booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team under the instructions of  Thane (rural) SP Dr. Mahesh Patil, raided an apartment in the New MHADA colony in Mira Road last week and rescued the girl from the clutches of the woman who is a former bar maid-turned-sex trade racketeer.

After rounds of sustained interrogation, the woman revealed that her late sister Sushma Singh had handed her over the infant who was apparently kidnapped from Anuradha Hospital, located in the Malwani area of Malad (west), this with the help of an unidentified woman who worked as a midwife in the maternity section.

“Out team immediately swung into action and scanned all missing complaints that were filed with our Malad counterparts during that period. However, nothing concrete materialized. We are into the process of extracting all the relevant data from the hospital,” said Patil.

Patil has appealed people to come forward if they have any information in context to the case, which could prove helpful in reuniting the girl with her family.

“Citizens can contact on 9011129994 or 022-28042323,” said API Sanjay Bangar.

Interestingly the accused woman is closely related to the members of a gang who were arrested for their involvement in operating an interstate child trafficking racket. The kingpin of the gang was recently held from Delhi by the Anti Human Trafficking unit of the Thane (rural) police.

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