A three-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from Mumbai's busy Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) last month, has been traced to Uttarakhand's Haridwar town on Saturday.
The alleged kidnapper, identified as Raju, has been arrested by the Haridwar Police and a government railway police (GRP) team from Mumbai has been sent to bring the girl, Sangeeta Pawar, and the accused back to the city."Haridwar police has informed us about the development and a team - two officers and four constables - has been despatched," Mumbai railway police commissioner Prabhat Kumar said.
On the night of June 10, Sangeeta was sleeping on the railway platform with her parents to board a morning train to their hometown, Parbhani, around 500km from Mumbai.
The family was in deep sleep when the accused came and sat near them around 2:30am. Then in a flash, Raju lifted the girl and walked away, said the police.
When the parents woke up in the morning, they found their daughter missing and frantically began searching for her. When they failed to find her, they registered a missing complaint.
The police then rummaged through several hours of CCTV footage and put together the sequence of events that night.
According to the footage, an unidentified man, who appeared to be in his early twenties, picked up Sangeeta and boarded a Nagpur train.
The police then registered a kidnapping case and on Friday released a photograph of the girl and sent copies of the CCTV footage to all police stations and television news channels.
On Saturday, a constable in Haridwar spotted the girl walking with the accused near a bus stand around 8am.
He had seen the footage on TV and recognised the accused and the girl. He took the duo to the police station.
"The constable could easily identify the accused since he was limping, as shown in the footage," said Surendra Deshmukh, senior inspector of CST GRP.