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Ghaziabad police finds infant abducted by neighbour to raise as his own

The abductor, arrested from the railway station, did not have children of his own and wanted a boy

noida Updated: May 16, 2017 00:05 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The parents of the nine-month-old boy, Golu, said the alleged abductor used to take care of the child and often play with him.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad police on Monday recovered a nine-month-old boy, Golu, who was allegedly kidnapped from Raj Nagar Extension (RNE) by his neighbour on May 2. The alleged abductor has no children and had kidnapped Golu to bring him up as his own.

The police on Monday arrested the man, Shyam Lal Burman (35), who is from Raiganj in West Bengal, and used to stay in the servant quarters of a highrise at RNE. Burman allegedly took away his neighbour Ravi Kumar’s infant son on May 2 and fled to various places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

“He used to take care of the child and even play with him. On the day of the incident, he told me that he is taking him to the market and will return soon. When he did not return, we launched a search and informed the police,” Ravi said.

Golu’s parents also lodged an FIR against the suspect and police teams were sent to search in different locations in MP, UP and Delhi. During investigation, it came to light that Burman had got an ‘Aadhaar card’ issued for an address in south-west Delhi.

“Teams were sent to West Bengal, Delhi and also within UP. Then, we got information that he had kept the child in Lucknow and was heading to Ghaziabad to meet his sister who is from Delhi. He was arrested from the railway station,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).

“The man wanted a son and picked up Golu as he had decided to raise him like his own child,” he added.

Golu was handed over to his parents on Monday and Burman was booked under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sihani Gate police station.

“I have been married for 12 years and had a three-year-old daughter who died from an illness. Thereafter, we had a son who died within a year. Since then, we have been unsuccessfully trying to have a child. Both my wife and I got treatment from Delhi but we couldn’t have a child. I even tried going to priests and performed pujas, but the rituals did not prove successful,” he said.

“As I worked in Lucknow earlier, I took my wife to start a new life there with Golu,” he added.

First Published: May 16, 2017 00:05 IST