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‘Emotional’ link could be motive, say cops

With the case of kidnapping of 18-month-old Ishaan Singh, the police might be looking at redeeming itself. Jatin Anand reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2011 02:11 IST
Jatin Anand

With the case of kidnapping of 18-month-old Ishaan Singh, the police might be looking at redeeming itself. The Delhi Police have dispatched as many as 15 teams to leave no stone unturned to rescue boy who was reportedly kidnapped by his nanny, Seema.

Sunday evening's kidnapping case bears a striking resemblance to the kidnapping of Arpit Dewan from his residence in southeast Delhi's Sriniwaspuri on January 31, 2005.

In both cases, the victims happen to be 18-month-old male children and abducted by their newly appointed nannies. The place of incidence, too, happens to be southeast Delhi. Both nannies were in employment for about 10 days only," said a senior Delhi Police officer requesting anonymity.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/260411/26_04_4b.jpg

Dewan, who was abducted by his newly employed nanny identified as Savitri Minj, later ascertained to be mentally unstable, was recovered from Sundergarh in Orissa's Rourkela on February 5, 2005.

"When we questioned her, she broke down and said she abducted the child because she was tremendously attached to him emotionally. In this case, too, the intent of the prime suspect, Seema, seems to be similar," the officer said.

The only child of Vikram Singh, a décor manufacturer-cum-retailer who lives in southeast Delhi's Maharani Bagh area, Ishaan was taken to the neighbourhood park by Seema, who was hired in "good faith".

The nanny and the child did not return from the evening stroll that had become a routine from the day Seema approached Singh — sans any local references or any from those a placement agency — with a "polite request" to hire her in "good faith".

"Seema had approached the victim family 10 days ago and, according to Ishaan's parents, seemed to get along well with the child. She is said to have struck a chord with Ishaan almost immediately and his parents hired her," said Virender Singh Chahal, joint commissioner of police (southeast).

More than 24 hours after their supposed return time and in the absence of any communication amounting to a request for ransom, the police are probing Seema's sudden intimacy as the motive behind the abduction.

"Given the family's account about the sudden chord that Seema struck with Ishaan and in the absence of any ransom call till now, we are probing whether the incident was motivated by her fondness for him. All angles are being probed," said Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (southern range).