Anil Tenke, 25, the only man who can identify the woman who kidnapped seven-month-old Venkatesh Kale, is mentally unstable, the police said.
Tenke, who stays in a slum area located near Bombay Hospital, has told the police that he would not be able to identify the woman even if she stands in front of him.
Tenke also told the police that the woman gave him Rs20 to have tea and bread after Venkatesh’s mother, Durga, came and took her child away.
“I have a memory span of just about three minutes. I cannot remember the face of the woman and cannot recollect any information about what happened,” said Tenke.
The police said the seven-month-old was found wearing new clothes and appeared to be have been fed properly during his abduction period.
“The child was dressed well compared to what he was wearing when he was kidnapped. The rashes on his body had also become evidently less, his mother told us. The packet that the woman left with Tenke contained milk and medicine that was for the child’s skin infection,” said Anil Surve, assistant police inspector of Azad Maidan police station.
The child looked happy and there were no traces of any kind of trauma or torture, the police said. “This is making it even more difficult for us to identify the motive behind the crime,” Surve added.
Meanwhile, assistant commissioner of police (Azad Maidan division) said since they have found the child, they would now concentrate on tracing the taxi and woman involved in the crime. “We will catch the accused in the case very soon,” Satav said.
Reunited with my son only because of police’s efforts, says mother
Durga Kale, 20, rushed to the Azad Maidan police station, when they informed her that they had found a child and suspected him to be her son.
She kept praying all the way to the police station and took a sigh of relief when she identified Venkatesh.
“No words can express how grateful I am to the Mumbai police. I had hope that one day I will get my son
back. But there was a fear of never seeing him again,” Kale said.
“The police have worked really hard to find my son. I strongly believe that it because of their efforts that I have been reunited with my only son,” said Durga.
Durga further added that the elderly accused woman, should be punished severely.
“I was lucky enough to have found my child. What about the women who are still waiting for their children to return? The woman appears to be a kidnapper and running some kind of racket. She should be sent behind bars forever so that another Venkatesh and Durga do not have to suffer,” Durga added.