An eight-month-old boy who was kidnapped in February was rescued on Saturday. Prima facie, it appears that the child was kidnapped as one of the kidnappers, a woman, did not have a child after eight years of marriage.
The police have arrested Vijay Thakur (28), a barber and Indu Singh, both hailing from Goplaganj district in Bihar.
On February 6, 8-month-old Adesh Wankhede was kidnapped from his home in Ghansoli village.
His mother Asha (22) was out and when she returned, Adesh was missing. Her husband Santosh (26) is a pump operator with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Deputy Commissioner RD Shinde said, “The police commissioner formed a special team to investigate. The team learnt that one of their neighbours, staying on the first floor of the building, had disappeared five days after the child went missing.”
As no one knew much about him, the police questioned a lot of people from the Bihari community for details.
The police found Thakur in Misilauna village in Bihar. He told the police that the child was with Singh, who lived in Cherutola Devrura.
The child was rescued on Saturday and the duo and the child were brought to Navi Mumbai on Monday.
According to the police, Thakur is married with three children. Singh has been married for the last eight years. Her husband works in Dubai. The police added that Singh had been staying with Thakur in Navi Mumbai.
Shinde said, “Thakur told us that the child was kidnapped because Singh yearned for a child, as she didn’t have one of her own. Thakur wanted to fulfill her wish. We have also learnt that he received Rs 40,000 from Singh for the job.”
There is a possibility of the involvement of one more couple in the kidnapping. Senior Inspector Dattatrey Datar of Rabale police station said,
“The duo claimed that the child was handed over to them by another couple who actually did the kidnapping.”
He added, “We had searched all homes after the kidnapping. The involvement of more people cannot be ruled out. However, the fact that the child was taken for Singh has been confirmed.”