Kid­napped as 10-day-old, Malad girl traced af­ter 16 years to Mira Road

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/ESTATE - SURESH GOLANI

Kid­napped from a hospi­tal in 2001 when she was just 10 days old, a 16-year-old girl has now been res­cued from Mira Road by the Thane (ru­ral) po­lice.

A woman iden­ti­fied as Ki­ran Tarac­hand Raj (44) has been ar­rested and booked un­der the rel­e­vant sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Act.

Act­ing on a tip-off, a po­lice team un­der the in­struc­tions of Thane (ru­ral) SP Dr. Ma­hesh Patil, raided an apart­ment in the New MHADA colony in Mira Road last week and res­cued the girl from the clutches of the woman who is a for­mer bar maid-turned-sex trade rack­e­teer.

Af­ter rounds of sus­tained in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the woman re­vealed that her late sis­ter Sushma Singh had handed her over the in­fant who was ap­par­ently kid­napped from Anu­radha Hospi­tal, lo­cated in the Mal­wani area of Malad (west), this with the help of an uniden­ti­fied woman who worked as a mid­wife in the ma­ter­nity sec­tion.

“Out team im­me­di­ately swung into ac­tion and scanned all miss­ing com­plaints that were filed with our Malad coun­ter­parts dur­ing that pe­riod. How­ever, noth­ing con­crete ma­te­ri­al­ized. We are into the process of ex­tract­ing all the rel­e­vant data from the hospi­tal,” said Patil.

Patil has ap­pealed peo­ple to come for­ward if they have any in­for­ma­tion in con­text to the case, which could prove help­ful in re­unit­ing the girl with her fam­ily.

“Cit­i­zens can con­tact on 9011129994 or 022-28042323,” said API San­jay Ban­gar.

In­ter­est­ingly the ac­cused woman is closely re­lated to the mem­bers of a gang who were ar­rested for their in­volve­ment in op­er­at­ing an in­ter­state child traf­fick­ing racket. The king­pin of the gang was re­cently held from Delhi by the Anti Hu­man Traf­fick­ing unit of the Thane (ru­ral) po­lice.

The in­fant was ab­ducted from a Malad hospi­tal with the help of a mid­wife

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