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Baby girl kidnapped by ‘beggar woman’, found in the house of childless couple

After the girl went missing from outside of her house in Zakeria Nagar in Bandra (East), some by-passers told her parents that they had seen her going with a middle-aged woman.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2017 23:52 IST
PTI, Mumbai
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Mumbai Police found two-and-half-year-old Shifa Shaikh after right days of investigation.(Twitter/ Mumbai Police)

A two-and-half-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from suburban Bandra , was found in the house of a childless couple after a woman left her with them, Mumbai police said.

Mumbai police’s official Twitter handle noted that “Kidnapped for begging, 2.5 years old Shifa Shaikh has been reunited with her family after 8 days of rigorous search by Nirmal Nagar PStn”.

The infant girl went missing from outside of her house in Zakeria Nagar in Bandra (East) on February 9 and was rescued after eight days of investigation.

After the girl went missing , some by-passers told her parents that they had seen her going with a middle-aged woman.

Police examined CCTV footages at railway stations in the neighbouring areas, said inspector Shankar Bhore of Nirmalnagar police station who was probing the case.

The girl was spotted with a woman in the footage at Dadar station. Police tracked them upto Kings Circle railway station after which they disappeared from CCTV footages.

An informer in Kings Circle area told police about seeing a girl with matching description at a house. Police visited the house Friday night and found the girl with a couple.

The couple said a woman who begged in the area had brought the girl to them, introducing the kid as her grand-daughter whose father had died recently, police said.

The couple had no child of their own and wanted to keep her. The woman demanded Rs 10,000 but the couple said they would pay more if she brought the girl’s mother, they said.

The woman left the child with them and didn’t turn up again, police said, adding they were looking for this woman.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 23:52 IST