Baby girl abducted from B’luru rescued in Kumari
MADURAI: A three-year-old girl, who was reportedly abducted from Bengaluru, Karnataka ten days ago, has been rescued at Kaliyakavilai of Kaniyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.
The girl was spotted at Kaliyakavilai bus stand on Tuesday night along with a 50-year old man identified as I. Joseph of Kattakadai, Trivandrum and his 8-yearold son Jobin, sources said. Based on complaint lodged by Vijaykumar, grandfather of girl, Upperpet police (Bengaluru Majestic) filed a case under Section 363 (kidnapping) of IPC on September 19.
According to sources, Joseph said the girl identified as S. Lohitha came to him one month back at Majestic bus stand, Bengaluru and stayed with him. He was at Kaliyakavilai to receive his wife Ester, who came from Chennai.
Ten years ago, Joseph settled down in Bengaluru after he deserted his wife from Trivandrum and maintained a relationship with Esther, who came to Chennai 25 days ago and resided there. Meanwhile, Joseph after learning about Esther’s arrival, waited at Kaliyakavilai to receive her. Kaniyakumari Superintendent of Police V. Badri Narayanan said Joseph was held on suspicion at Kaliyakavilai check post and he’s being interrogated to check his antecedents.
Probe would reveal whether the man held was a child trafficker. However, a police team from Karnataka along with rescued girl’s parents are on their way to receive the rescued girl, the SP said.
Kaliyakavilai Inspector of Police Ezhilarasi finds no intention behind the so-called abduction. However, the rescued girl has been handed over to the Childline. The Karnataka police would reach Kaniyakumari soon. Sources in Childline said the rescued girl and Jobin, son of the one held, would be handed over to the Child Welfare Committee after taking COVID tests on them.