Missing child found; mother engineered ‘abduction’, say cops

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2014 16:31 IST

The Dakha police claim to have solved the mystery of the missing five-year-old boy, Mandeep Kumar, saying the child’s mother, Kavita Devi, masterminded his “kidnapping” and had sent the child to Bihar to live with one of his relatives as she wanted to return to her hometown. The police had earlier filed a case of abduction after the boy was reported missing on November 15.

Giving details, DSP Mandeep Singh Gill said after the cops tracked the call details on Kavita’s cellphone they smelt a rat. “All calls were traced to Bihar, following which a police squad was dispatched there and found the child staying with some relatives,” he added.

During questioning Kavita told the police she got married about seven years ago and was residing in Bihar before her husband brought her and their son to Mullanpur, near Ludhiana, a few months back. She said she did not want to continue living here anymore, so she hatched a plan to return to Bihar and roped in one of her relatives, Santosh Kumar, who lived there, in her scheme.

“Santosh came to Mullanpur on November 15 morning and went back the same day with my son after picking him up from school. I already had it all worked out – after my son left I would tell my husband I couldn’t live here without our son and would ask him to send me back to Bihar,” Kavita told the cops.

Gill said the police would take the “necessary” action against Kavita, adding her relative in Bihar, Santosh, had been evading the police and a manhunt had been launched to track him down.

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