A one-year-old boy was kidnapped by an unidentified woman after the child's mother, a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana, had left him in her custody inside the Golden Temple.
Interestingly, the case emerged 23 days after the alleged incident took place.
The complainant, Jyoti, approached the Amritsar city police on Sunday and narrated the incident. The police have booked an unidentified woman under Section 363 of the IPC. A case has been registered at the E-Division police station.
The incident occurred on December 28, 2013. However, the case was registered on Sunday as the complainant had been making efforts on her own to locate the accused who she had befriended during her visit to the Golden Temple, the police said.
Sub-inspector Bhagwan Singh, in-charge, Galliara police post, said the complainant came to the Golden Temple with her one-year-old son on December 25, 2013, to pay obeisance.
"The complainant has alleged that she became friends with the unidentified woman. On December 28, she left her one-year-old son with the accused after she went to the community kitchen inside the temple," he said.
When the complainant returned, she found that the woman had fled the spot with her child.
"The case was registered on Sunday after we received a complaint," the SI said.
He maintained that the matter was being duly investigated. "The complainant suspects that the woman kidnapped her child. Efforts are being made to identify the accused and fiund out her whereabouts so that the kidnapped child can be recovered at the earliest," he said.
In June last year, a similar incident was reported in the Golden Temple in which a four-year-old child was kidnapped. The kidnapped child was, however, recovered two days later from near Gurudwara Shaheedan, where he was found dumped.