More than 30 hours after eight-month-old Prince, alias Prem, was allegedly abducted from his house in Surajpur, Greater Noida, by a woman, police recovered the infant and the alleged abductor from Mirzapur on Sunday evening.
Police claimed that upon questioning, the woman, Neelam, said she had taken the child from her neighbour’s house in Mahamedha Colony, Surajpur to Mirzapur because she wanted to play with him and spend some time with him.
“When a police team reached Mirzapur, we found Neelam playing with the infant. We asked her why she took the child and she said pyar aa raha tha (she liked the child) and so she took him from his mother,” said Manish Saxena, station house officer (SHO), Surajpur police station.
According to the police, they will be pressing charges against her.
“We have registered a case under Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and have arrested Neelam. If she wanted to spend time with the baby, she could have done so at her neighbour’s place. There was no need to abduct him and take him to Mirzapur,” said Saxena.
The police said Neelam is not suffering from any mental illness that could be responsible for her actions.
“She already has a five-year-old daughter with her estranged husband in Mirzapur. According to our investigation, there is nothing to suggest that she suffers from any mental illness. We will be pressing charges,” said Saxena.
On Saturday morning, Prem was allegedly abducted by Neelam, who is their neighbour in Mahamedha Colony. She was last seen with him at 10am on Saturday when she had gone to her neighbour’s house to meet him.
Prem’s parents Premlata and Brijesh Yadav lodged a complaint at Surajpur police station on Saturday afternoon saying that their neighbour Neelam had abducted their child. Upon receiving the complaint, police had formed a team to track the woman and the child. They had also put her mobile number on surveillance.
Neelam had been staying with her partner Pradeep at Mahamedha Colony for six to seven months and had gained the confidence of Prema’s parents as she used to visit them frequently.
“We had no enmity with Neelam or Pradeep and in fact my wife and Neelam were good friends. She used to visit our house often to play with Prem. We had no idea that she would abduct him someday,” said Brijesh.
“She had come to my house on Saturday morning saying that she wanted to play with Prem. She took him in her arms and said she was going to a general store to buy him a cold drink. She never returned,” said Premlata.
While both Premlata and Neelam are homemakers, Brijesh works in a private company and Pradeep works as a compounder in a private clinic in Greater Noida.