2 women kid­nap 3-yr-old to sell her to traf­ficker, held near Jama Masjid

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Two women, sus­pected to be part of a child-traf­fick­ing gang, were nabbed near Jama Masjid for kid­nap­ping a three-year-old girl. CCTV footage from a cam­era in­stalled for VIP se­cu­rity showed them car­ry­ing the child and led to their ar­rest. Ef­forts were be­ing made to nab other mem­bers of the gang, po­lice said.

DCP (cen­tral) Man­deep Singh Rand­hawa said the girl’s par­ents ap­proached the po­lice at Jama Masjid on Jan­uary 11 with a miss­ing com­plaint. A case of kid­nap­ping was reg­is­tered and teams were de­ployed to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions. While scan­ning CCTV footage, cops spot­ted two women board­ing an au­torick­shaw with a child. An­other woman was al­ready seated in the auto. “A team was formed to look for them and the au­torick­shaw was traced to Shas­tri Park. How­ever, the women were not found at the place where they were dropped. Two days later, they were again found roam­ing near Jama Masjid and ar­rested,” DCP Rand­hawa said.

The women, Sahili and Rani, told po­lice that they were child­hood friends and had dropped out of school af­ter Class X. As the earn­ings of their hus­bands — who worked as labour­ers — weren’t enough to meet their daily needs, the two friends set up a tai­lor­ing shop. One of their cus­tomers, Ko­mal, of­fered them good money if they could help them kid­nap a child.

Po­lice sus­pect Ko­mal to be the king­pin of the racket.

As per Ko­mal’s in­struc­tion, the two reached Jama Masjid on Fri­day. They spot­ted a kid play­ing there with her si­b­ling. They qui­etly picked her up and walked away. They told the po­lice that Ko­mal, who was wait­ing in an au­torick­shaw, of­fered them a ride. They were dropped at Shas­tri Park. Rani told cops that they were given Rs 5,000 and asked to keep cus­tody of the child for two days as Ko­mal ex­pected po­lice to stop look­ing for the kid by then. They were sched­uled to meet Ko­mal on Sun­day and hand over the child. Ko­mal had ar­ranged for a “cus­tomer” for the child in the mean­time, they told po­lice.

A case of kid­nap­ping has been reg­is­tered against the two women. A hunt is on for Ko­mal, an of­fi­cer said.

CAUGHT ON CAM­ERA: The women, Sahili and Rani, re­ceived 5,000 from the sus­pected gang leader for kid­nap­ping the child

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