Three days after a five-year-old girl went missing from her home in a village near Landoura on Wednesday, the police have not yet been able to trace the girl.
However, the police admitted that despite following every preliminary ground work to search for the girl, they have, so far, been unable to get any ‘vital’ clue that may lead them to her.
The family members of the victim, however, insist that the girl was nabbed by a gang of ‘beggers’ who they had spotted roaming around the streets in the village a few days before the incident, and disappeared later.
“We are worried that she may have been a target of a child-nabbing gang that kidnap small children and use them for begging,” said Sandip Saini, an uncle of the girl.
According to reports, Aanchal was last seen at around 5pm on February 26, playing outside of her house at Jourasi village. When she did not return home, a search was conducted for her whereabouts.
“We had received information that she has gone missing at around 10pm the same day, and immediately,” said SP (rural) Ajay Singh.
We blocked every route leading to the village and informed other police stations. Even though we interrogated people with a criminal history, we could not figure out the motive nor find any clue so far,” the SP added.
Police have registered a case of kidnapping against unknown criminals in the matter under sections 363 and 366 (a) of the IPC.