The Azad Maidan police have hit a dead end in their probe into the abduction of a seven-month-old baby from Cama hospital. Three days after it went missing, the toddler was found outside a dargah near Bombay hospital on Saturday.
Though the police continue to scrutinise the footage from the CCTV cameras installed in the buildings near the dargah, they do not have much hope of getting any leads.
"The cameras installed in the area are far from where the dargah is. We do not have any hope of spotting the number of the cab in which the woman had brought the child," said Anthony Steven, police inspector of Azad Maidan police station.
On Wednesday, Venkatesh Kale was abducted from the premises of Cama hospital where his mother had brought him for treatment of a skin infection. There, an elderly woman befriended Durga Kale, the child's mother and disappeared with the baby while Durga was completing the paperwork at the out-patient department (OPD).
The child was later recovered from Anil Tenke, 25, who is said to be mentally unstable. Tenke told the police that a woman came in a taxi and handed the child to him under the pretext that the child's mother was inside the dargah and would come and collect him soon. The woman also handed over a bag to Tenke which contained milk packets and medicines.
"Tenke is unable exactly recall precisely how the woman looked. But based on whatever description he has given us, we prepared a sketch of the woman. The sketch does not resemble the woman who had abducted the child," added Steven.
Police admit that it was sheer luck or, perhaps, the extensive media coverage that led to the recovery of the child as similar cases of missing babies have gone undetected.
Police also said that they suspect the involvement of an insider at Cama hospital. The kidnapper had told the child's mother that her sister was working at the hospital and that her daughter had delivered in the same hospital. Police are tallying the details of all women who have delivered in the hospital with the list of women employees, with the hope of getting a lead.