Durga Kale, mother of seven-month-old Venkatesh who was stolen from Cama hospital on Wednesday, has claimed that the media is giving out inaccurate information about the incident and is misquoting her.
"The woman who stole my child had gained my confidence by saying that I was like her daughter. She was old and could not walk properly. She also told me that her daughter had delivered a baby in the same hospital and was currently being treated there. She also said that her sister worked as a nurse in the hospital. So, when she told me that she would took care of my child while I completed the formalities at the out-patient department counter, I believed her. I feel betrayed now," she said.
Kale said that some media reports have claimed that the accused was her relative, which is untrue. Durga was particularly irked with reports in regional newspapers, which claimed that she gave away the child as she was offered vada-pav and tea. "He is my only son. Why would I give him away to somebody? The media reports appear to be mocking at me instead of helping me," said Durga.
Durga is now spending most of her time at the Azad Maidan police station to help police in identifying the accused while they go through the CCTV footage. She claims that the police make her wait for hours while they continue with their work on other cases. "The police are giving very little importance to my son's abduction," said Durga.
The Azad Maidan police are still to get leads on the elderly woman who abducted the child. The police are scrutinising the CCTV feeds of several locations from where they suspect the accused might have passed which includes Metro junction, Hutatma Chowk, CST railway station and the Times building. "It is a very tedious process and it is going to take some time to go through the CCTV feeds. We will definitely get some leads soon," said Anthony Steven, police inspector of Azad Maidan police station.