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14-year-old girl was not kidnapping toddler, say police

The investigations into the alleged infant kidnapping case in Kurla, in which a 14-year-old girl was held on Friday for allegedly attempting to kidnap a toddler, have reached a dead-end.

mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2010 01:54 IST
Shahkar Abidi

The investigations into the alleged infant kidnapping case in Kurla, in which a 14-year-old girl was held on Friday for allegedly attempting to kidnap a toddler, have reached a dead-end.

Police officials investigating the case say that the residents of the locality where the girl had allegedly kidnapped a child misunderstood the entire case and blew it out of proportion.

“We haven’t found anything so far to substantiate the allegations the residents have made against the girl, however we are not ruling out any possibilities,” said J Balasaheb, police inspector of Nehru Nagar police station who is part of the investigation.

The toddler’s family members had alleged to the police that the girl had ‘confessed’ to them, that she had kidnapped six infants in the past and sold them off to Shameem, a beggar from Bandra.

The police tried to locate Shameem on Friday night as well on Saturday morning, but could not find the woman.

According to sources, the girl had gone to a mosque in Kurla to collect alms from the devotees, after Friday prayers.

While she stood there, she saw some children playing outside in a nearby chawl. Shamshad Alam (2), one of the infant among them was crying, while his mother had gone to the public toilet. The girl took the boy to console him.

“At that moment, a neighbour saw her and thought the girl was trying to kidnap the child,” added the officer. The girl was later handed over to the police.

A case was registered to avoid any law and order situation in the area, as locals were demanding her arrest.