Kidnapper in Mumbai lures 5-year-old with ₹20; cops find boy 10 hours later at railway station

CCTV footage shows that before this the man tried to kidnap a young girl, but she escaped; police launch hunt for accused

mumbai Updated: Dec 13, 2017 14:08 IST
Manish K Pathak
Manish K Pathak
Hindustan Times
A shot of the alleged kidnapper from the CCTV footage.

The Mumbai police are on the lookout for an unidentified man in his 40s for allegedly kidnapping a five-year-old child from Bandra (East) on Monday.

After 10 hours of search by the railway police, the boy, Jaideep, was found at platform no 2 at Grant Road railway station. CCTV footage showed that before the boy, the man also tried to kidnap a minor girl. Fortunately, she escaped from his clutches.

Another video shows that the man lured Jaideep by giving him some money for food and took him to a shop.

According to Jaideep’s family members, he along with his cousin Jaiprakash, 6, stepped out of the house to play outside a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) building at Maharashtra Nagar at 9am. The child and his mother had come to Mumbai to attend her cousin’s wedding from Churu in Rajasthan.

When Jaiprakash returned home alone, the family grew anxious and started searching for Jaideep. After their search failed to locate the child, his 25-year-old mother, Sushila Saini, filed a complaint, following which the Kherwadi police registered a kidnapping case, said a police officer.

The Kherwadi police shared the boy’s description with their counterparts in other stations. Six police teams fanned out to Bandra, Kurla and Mumbai Central railway stations. Another team started checking CCTV cameras installed near the spot form where the child was kidnapped, said the official.

The railway police finally found the child sitting at Grant Road railway station at 5.30pm. As he failed to identify the area, the police took him to Churchgate station. After making enquiries about missing children with police stations, cops handed over the child to his family at midnight.

The police are yet to record the statement of the child as he is still traumatised by the ordeal. However, his family told the police that he was given Rs20 for food and taken to Bandra station in an autorickshaw.

Based on CCTV footage, the police said that after his failed bid to kidnap the girl, he waited for another prey near the building where Jaideep was playing, said the police official.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 10:14 IST