Kid­napped 2-year-old res­cued, ac­cused ar­rested from So­la­pur

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­abi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A two-year-old girl, who was kid­napped from Turbhe Store ear­lier this week, was res­cued within hours by the po­lice.

The child had been kid­napped by Im­tiaz Khan, 20, who lived in the same area. The po­lice man­aged to ar­rest him at Kur­duwadi sta­tion in So­la­pur, from where he was plan­ning to flee by train.

The ac­cused orig­i­nally hails from Ut­tar Pradesh and had been liv­ing at Turbhe Store for the past few months. The po­lice said that he had an al­ter­ca­tion with the girl’s fam­ily over a triv­ial mat­ter a few days ago. He de­cided to teach the girl’s father, Rafiq Khan, a les­son.

On re­al­is­ing that his daugh­ter Alia was miss­ing, Rafiq searched in the area but did not find her. He learnt that Im­tiaz too was miss­ing. He then com­plained to Turbhe po­lice sta­tion.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Ram­chan­dra Desh­mukh said, “We formed a team un­der as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor Rahul Khatal and po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Bhushan Ka­pad­nis.”

A team of po­lice led by subin­spec­tor Pradeep Sarphare started track­ing Im­tiaz’s phone lo­ca­tion. They learnt that he was head­ing to­wards Lon­avla.

Desh­mukh said, “As the sus­pi­cion of his in­volve­ment grew, Ka­pad­nis and con­sta­bles Datta Bhore and San­jay Kanoj rushed to Lon­avla. By the time they reached there, we learnt that the ac­cused was in a train head­ing to­wards So­la­pur. We did not know which train he had boarded.”

Desh­mukh said, “The team sought help from Kur­duwadi po­lice in So­la­pur. We in­formed Kur­duwadi po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Pankaj Nikam. He along with con­sta­bles rushed to the sta­tion.”

They searched a train that had ar­rived at the sta­tion from Mum­bai and found Im­tiaz and Alia. The child has been handed back to her par­ents.

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