Baby girl ab­ducted from B’luru res­cued in Ku­mari

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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.

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