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Man kidnaps daughter

Rahul Khimasia, a non-resident Indian, allegedly picked up his daughter from school on Friday. He and his wife have been estranged for a year.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 19:07 IST
Megha Sood

Jital Khimasia (33) has been spending sleepless nights for the last three days as her three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped — and she believes her own husband is responsible.

Jital and Rahul Khimasia (36) have been separated for a year.

Jital’s nightmare began on Friday, when Nishka did not return home after school.

On enquiring with the school authorities, she found out that her husband, a non-resident Indian, had picked their daughter up from school. Rahul has not been traceable since then.

Nishka is a student of the nursery section of Ishwardas Haridas School in Matunga.

According to Senior Police Inspector A.B. Deshpande of the Matunga police station, Rahul is an employee of an insurance company in Michigan, USA, and had come to Mumbai 10 days ago.

He had been regularly meeting Nishka at Jital’s house in Wadala, but on Friday he picked Nishka up from the school itself and disappeared, said the police.

The police have lodged a kidnapping case against Rahul under section 363 of the IPC and are trying to trace him.

Meanwhile, Jital has been praying for daughter’s return. “I just want her to be safe and returned to me. My husband and I and decided to separate in November last year.”

“This year, his parents, who are in Mumbai, decided to get us back together and called him here. The Crime Files discussions on our patch up were on and he used to regularly visit my daughter at home.

On Friday, he told me that he would be coming in the evening. But, instead, he kidnapped her from the school in afternoon itself,” said Jital.

According to Jital’s uncle, Nimesh Malda: “When the police contacted Rahul’s parents, they claimed not to know about Rahul’s whereabouts.

On Saturday afternoon, a friend of Rahul in the US said both Rahul and Nishka were safe, but refused to say where they are.”

“We have alerted the officials at all immigration points in Mumbai so that if Rahul tried to fly to the US, he would be detained. Since this is our family matter, we will detain Rahul and make him talk to Jital and clear out things,” said Deshpande.

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First Published: Dec 20, 2006 19:07 IST