KALYAN: A two-year-old boy was rescued by Thane Shil-Daighar police and five kidnapperspeople, suspected to be kidnappers, which included three women, were arrested on Monday. The police are investigating the case and trying to know the exact motive behind the boy’s kidnapping.
Police suspect that the accused had kidnapped at least 8 to 10 children from various localities and sold them over the last few months. The gang was exposed after police traced two-year-old Ahmed Jamal Ahmed Shah, a resident of Dahisar in Mumbai, to a house in Mumbra which belonged to one of the accused, a police official said.
Shah went missing from his house after his mother stepped out to fill water on March 31. Police on Monday picked up Afrin Khan, 20, Muniba Shah, 40, Azim Divekar, 49 and his wife Amira Divekar, 46, the official said. He said Khan had allegedly kidnapped the boy from Dahisar and hid him in the residence of the Divekars in Mumbra.
A case has been registered at the Shil-Daighar police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Police suspect that Khan had kidnapped at least 8 to 10 children from various locations and sold them at different places with the help of the three other accused, the official said.
“When the boy’s mother lodged a kidnapping case against the four unidentified persons, we swung into action and started search operations immediately. The boy’s father is a labourer in a construction company who works in Goa, while his mother is a housewife.
It seems one of the accused women entered their house and picked the boy,” the police said. Sukhada Narkar, PRO, Thane Police said, “One of the women accused picked the boy from the victim’s house. A neighbour, who witnessed the act, informed the boy’s mother, Markunisha Shah about her son being carried away by some woman. Based on suspicion, the victim filed a case.
Within 24 hours the police arrested four accused on Monday while one accused was arrested on Tuesday. The four accused were produced before the court and placed into police custody till April 12. The accused Azharuddin will be produced before the court on Wednesday.” – Narendra Gupta