A split between their parents was the reason the toddlers went missing.
After six months, the police discovered this. And 10 months after they disappeared, the police traced Kedar (2) and his one-year-old sister Akansha.
The children were at home when they and their mother went missing on June 2, 2008. Their father, Harish Kale (32), a businessman, approached the police and registered a missing persons’ complaint.
The Bombay High Court is currently hearing a similar petition filed by Manpreet Biji, alleging her estranged husband kidnapped her three-year-old son Gurashish in January last year. It was after the police failed to trace the child that the high court on May 6 observed, “We have worked with Mumbai police before and if they want they can round up people in a day.”
The high court also asked the government if a special unit can be formed for tracing missing children.
The case of Kedar and Akansha is one in which the police worked hard to trace them, and succeeded.
So, how did the police crack the case?
Initially, they searched the area around their house, said Senior Police Inspector Maruti Rathod. The police conducted inquiries and questioned security guards and shopkeepers.
“The children’s father did not receive any ransom calls so we assumed they had not been kidnapped for money. But their disappearance was very strange because no one had seen them being taken away,” said Rathod.
Six months passed and the police kept looking for leads.
“We suspected the children and the mother had been taken away by a family member and Harish was hiding something. So we questioned him,” Rahod said. “Harish then told us one Tilak Joshi had taken away his wife and children with him. So we registered a kidnapping complaint against Joshi.”
The police then launched a manhunt for Joshi. “We found him in Uttar Pradesh. We also found out Harish’s wife had eloped with Joshi and taken the children along,” Rahod said. “We arrested Joshi and reunited the children with their father last month.”