Three days after abducting a five-year-old boy from the Golden Temple, a couple returned the child at the shrine and surrendered to the police, apparently due to pressure create by the social media. The five-year-old had been taken away by a woman on June 14, as was visible in the security camera footage.
The child was taken to Delhi, by the woman named Ranjit Kaur and her husband Sahib Singh. In the wee hours of Friday, they came to the shrine and returned the child to officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). It happened because the news and the images had gone viral on online networks, said SGPC officials and the cops.
The police that had already registered a case of abduction against the woman detained her, said station house officer (SHO), Division-E, inspector Sanjeev Kumar. Daljit Bedi, SGPC additional secretary, said, “Ever since the child was abducted, our teams were regularly monitoring the CCTV (closed-circuit television) camera footage. After the video grab went viral, the couple was pressurised to bring the child back.”
In their defence, Sahib Singh said, “My wife took away the child as he was roaming around alone; and she thought that someone ‘wrong’ must not take the child.”
However, the couple had no answers to why the child was taken to Delhi and why they did not report to the police or the SGPC when they saw the child alone and crying on June 14.