A month after a seven-month-old baby was kidnapped from Cama hospital, another three-month-old boy was kidnapped from Mahim on Monday.
A local identified as Jaggu, forcibly took Maqdoom Shaikh, who was in a makeshift crib, after slapping his brother Ramzan, who had been taking care of him at the time. The Mahim police have registered a case of kidnapping and are looking for Jaggu.
Mumtaz, Maqdoom’s mother who works as a housemaid and stays in a makeshift tenement near St Michael’s Church on LJ Road in Mahim, said, “Both my husband and I are out all day. My eldest son Ramzan takes care of Maqdoom while we are away. On Monday, when I returned around 4pm, I found Ramzan crying. He told me Jaggu had slapped him and forcibly taken Maqdoom away.”
Mumtaz then contacted her husband Mohammad following which he, and a few locals from the area started looking for Jaggu, but could not find them anywhere. Mohammad said, “When Mumtaz went to Mahim police station to register a case of kidnapping, a constable told her to ‘come tomorrow’.”
The Mahim police finally registered a case on Tuesday and sent teams around the city to track the kidnapper. The Mahim police managed to track down Jaggu’s mobile number, but he did not answer when they dialled the number. Soon, however, his mobile phone was switched off.
Mumtaz said, “Jaggu, Bihari and Ajay used to come to LJ Road only to sleep at night. They are missing during the day. I have no idea what they do as I have never interacted with them.” The police are making sketches of Jaggu based on the description given by the Shaikh family.
Assistant commissioner of police (Mahim) Vijay Bagwe said, “A case of kidnapping has been registered and we are treating the case as priority. Several teams are on the job investigating the case.”
The Crime Branch (unit 5) is conducting a parallel investigation into the case. The police suspect that the accused may sell the toddler to someone and need to track him down before that happens.