Two days after she was abducted from near her Goregaon residence on Friday, the police found the body of three-year-old Meghna Antati in Nalasopara on Sunday.
Meghna Antati’s parents had lodged a missing person’s complaint at the Goregaon police station after her mother failed to trace her on Friday. Meghna, according to the police, had been playing near her house, which is close to the Sanskaar Dham College.
Meghna was the second child to go missing from Goregaon’s Subhash Nagar area since March 14 when nine-year-old Vijay Kumar was kidnapped. On April 4, Lata Prajapati foiled a kidnapping bid when she saw a man dragging her four-year-old daughter. The man fled when Prajapati raised an alarm. However, the police have yet to identify the kidnappers and ascertain if a gang is behind these incidents.
On Sunday, the Nalasopara police found Meghna’s body in a drain in Lala Compound, a residential area. “The victim’s mother recognised the body,” said Ashok Ingole, senior police inspector of the Goregaon police station. “There were no injury marks on the victim’s body, which has been sent for post-mortem. We suspect the child died of asphyxiation,” added Ingole.
Meghna’s mother told the police that she saw a ‘strange’ woman asking for alms in the area on Friday. The police are probing the possibility that that woman might be involved in the kidnapping. “We are also investigating the (related) cases to check if they are linked. We are also trying to check if a gang is involved,” said Ingole.
Residents of the area suspect that the children may have been kidnapped for their organs.
However there have been similar incidents in the past therefore the residents of the area believe that the kids from the area are being kidnapped by a gang for their kidneys. “The police must find out why children from Goregaon are being kidnapped. There is a possibility that the children are abducted for their kidneys,” said Meghna’s uncle Swami Anthony.