In the early hours on Thursday at Kalyan railway station, a toddler was allegedly kidnapped by two accused and was returned to the mother within six hours by the Government Railway Police (GRP).
According to the GRP, the incident occurred around 4 am at Kalyan railway station, platform number 2. The two accused spotted the 2-year-old child sleeping, and one of them went and picked up the child and walked away. The mother of the child was at the canteen buying some food when the incident took place.
“The accused were caught committing the crime on the CCTV camera at the railway station. We continuously traced the footage which led us to the rickshaw stand outside Kalyan station from where the accused hired an autorickshaw, we traced that particular auto driver who led us to the place where he dropped the accused in Ullahsanagar. After reaching there, we took the help of the locals and identified the exact address of the accused," said assistant police inspector, Pramod Deshmukh, Kalyan GRP, while describing the events of the case.
"Once the address was known, we went in and arrested the two accused and rescued the child, all within six hours of the kidnapping," added the GRP official.
"The baby has been safely returned to the mother, while the accused have been arrested and we have received police custody as well, a deeper investigation is ongoing to uncover if the accused are part of any human trafficking racket or not," said senior police inspector, Avinash Andhale, Kalyan GRP.
According to the GRP, the accused have been identified as Pooja Munde, 26, and Amit Shinde, 20, both of the accused belong to Bhimnagar, Solapur. The victim and his mother belong to Bihar. The mother is a 27-year-old lady who had come to Mumbai four days ago in search of a job after fighting with her family members. She used to hunt for a job during the day and sleep on the railway platform at night along with her 2-year-old child.