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Woman arrested for abducting infant

A 32-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly abducting a baby boy at Borivali railway station in north Mumbai, police said.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2009 19:46 IST

A 32-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly abducting a baby boy at Borivali railway station in north Mumbai, police said on Sunday.

Prem Khare, a three-month-old baby boy, was handed over to his family members after Reshma Jana was caught with him at Wadia hospital in central Mumbai late on Saturday, they said.

While Sion police are clueless about the whereabouts of an infant stolen from the Sion hospital in the north-east Mumbai on January 1, the Borivali railway police have cracked the case within 24 hours after the complaint was registered. Reshma was booked under kidnapping charges and was remanded to police custody till Wednesday.

The complainant Kamal Khare (60), a resident of suburban Dahisar, was standing on platform number 2 of the Borivali railway station with Prem on Friday. Prem's mother Nirmala and her three-year-old daughter went to a stall to get some water. "As Kamal was standing at the platform carrying the boy, the accused Reshma started a conversation. She said she knew a good child specialist who could treat an unwell Prem," a police officer said.

"The accused Reshma managed to gain Kamal's confidence. As the train arrived at the station, she took Prem from Kamal on the pretext that Kamal should alert her daughter-in-law who otherwise would miss the train," the officer said. "Kamal went to call Nirmala after asking Reshma to hold the boy. By the time they returned, Reshma fled from the scene," police said.

"After the complaint, we started our search operation. Yesterday we caught Reshma on suspicion in Wadia hospital," police said adding "we called the complainant to identify the boy and the woman. Subsequently we arrested her."

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