Mumbai : Even as Nazneen Khan, mother of six-year-old Kulsum Khan, is happy that her missing daughter has been found, she is concerned that her neighbour’s son is yet to be located by the police after almost a week.

Three minor children from the Naya Nagar area of Nagpada went missing last week which sent a wave of shock and fear in the area. The three children-Kulsum (6), Tarannum Sheikh (6) and her brother Gulfam Sheikh (4)- were last seen playing in the area by some residents and then they went missing.

The families filed a complaint and the Nagpada Police registered a kidnapping case. Two of children, Kilsum and Tarannum, were subsequently found in Varanasi.

Senior police inspector, Shivaji Kadam, revealed that the two children were found at a busy junction near Varanasai station and they were rescued by the local police.

“Our team went to get them back and have brought them back to Mumbai last night,” he said.

The officer said that their inquiries revealed that the children were lured away by two unidentified persons who offered them ice creams and chocolates. They later put them on a train and took them to Varanasi where they are reported to have panicked at some point of time.

“They put Rs 50 in the hands of the two girls and left the place with the boy, after which the victims raised an alarm and were rescued by the local police,” he added.

According to Nazneen, her daughter Kulsum told her that when they were playing at some distance from their house, they were approached by these two persons.

“They asked the children if they wanted chocolates and ice cream and then made them walk some distance from there,” she said. In fact, her daughter even asked them why they were taking them so far away from the house.

After kidnapping them, the culprits kept them in a house in Mumbai for about a day and half where the children were threatened if they made any noise, said Zabeen, who is an aunt of Kulsum.

“The children then remember being taken to a railway station where they got into a train for Varanasi,” she said. Even during the journey, the man and the woman who had kidnapped the three children pretended to be their parents and scolded them if they started to cry. “As a result, the co passengers on the train may have thought that there was nothing wrong and the culprits managed to travel to Varansi without arousing any suspicions,” she said.

Nazneen said that they are still hoping that the police manage to trace the boy very soon, so that their parents can feel happy about this. “Their daughter has been rescued but their son is still missing, and our children are now trying to help the police by giving them clues on activities that took place during the journey,” she said.

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