A couple who had abandoned their one-and-half-month-old daughter at Khadavli railway station on November 28 was arrested by the Kalyan railway police in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Subhadra and Gorakh Yadav had boarded a Kasara-bound train and got off Khadavli around 2:22pm on the day of the incident. They then placed the infant on a chair and kept a milk bottle next to her before leaving for Hyderabad.
A commuter informed the Kalyan GRP about the presence of an infant at the station, following which a few officials reached the spot and took the infant in their custody.
Deputy commissioner of police (GRP) Rupali Ambure for Central Railway (CR) said, “We then launched a manhunt for her parents. Simultaneously, we scrutinised the CCTV footage recorded by cameras at various stations and learnt that the couple had boarded the train from Aatgaon.”
During interrogation, the man told the police that they got married a year ago and that they were living at the wife’s mother’s house at Aatgaon.
A few months ago, they fled to Hyderabad after stealing money and clothes from his mother-in-law’s home.
However, they soon returned to Aatgaon after Subhadra delivered. But this time his mother-in-law refused to house them, resulting which they spent 10 days (November 19 to November 28) on a poultry farm following which they decided to return to Hyderabad, but not before abandoning the infant.
Ambure added, “Prima facie investigation revealed that they abandoned the child as they are daily wage workers and were unable to look after her.”
Another GRP officer said, “We traced Gorakh’s location in Hyderabad using his mobile phone number. However, it was difficult to zero in on him as he kept his phone switched off most of the time. We then took help from one of his friends. We lured Gorakh with a paint job, for which he would be receiving his wages in advance.”
He added, “This did the trick and Gorakh rushed to the spot where we had asked him to come to collect the money. He was arrested immediately. Subhadra was picked up from the bakery where she worked. From his phone, we recovered the number of an ambulance driver of a private hospital where Subhadra was admitted on October 3.”
The couple was booked under section 317(exposure and abandonment of child under twelve years, by parent or person having care of it) of the Indian Penal Code.