Four-year-old Omkar Chorgade, who had allegedly been kidnapped from his residence at Gokuldham in Goregaon (East) on Friday, was found in Mathura on Saturday, the police said. One person who had taken the boy to Mathura has been detained for further questioning, the police said.
According to the police, Omkar was found in Mathura late on Saturday night. Khalid, the man with whom the boy was found, has been detained.
“We will be recording Omkar’s statement and question Khalid after they are brought to Mumbai on Monday. We will try to find out why and how the boy landed in Khalid’s custody,” said Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police (north region).
Omkar, who lives with his parents and grandmother, was last seen playing outside his apartment at Basundhara Enclave at Gokuldham in Goregaon (East) on Friday. After searching for him for nearly four hours, Omkar’s father Santosh registered a complaint at the Dindoshi police station.
“When Omkar’s mother Poornima spoke to him over the phone after the police managed to trace him, he said that a stranger approached him while he was playing and promised to buy him toys if he (Omkar) accompanied him,” said VS Shukla, a family friend.
However, Shukla told the Hindustan Times that they had not received any ransom calls so far. “We do not know who this man is. We may have seen him in the area, but we have never heard of him before,” said Shukla.
The boy’s father Santosh who works for a travel agency, said Omkar was found at Mathura railway station with Khalid. As the boy was speaking fluent Marathi, the police detained Khalid and subsequently alerted the Mumbai Police.
“I got a call from Dindoshi police on Saturday. They told me that they have rescued my son. They will be back on Monday. I did not receive any phone calls asking for money. I do not know who Khalid is and why he kidnapped my child,” Santosh said.