Pune: A 25-year-old woman has been arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Thursday, Pune, for allegedly kidnapping a four-month-old boy from Pune station and then using the child for begging in Mumbai.
Police have identified the arrested woman as Manisha Maesh Kale, a native of Ahmednagar district, who lives in a slum near Hadapsar police station. Sangeeta Anand Kag, a labourer, had lodged the FIR with GRP after her child was kidnapped on the night of August 17.
According to GRP, Kag was sleeping near the bookstall on platform no. 2 between 8 pm to midnight on August 17. “Two women were caught by CCTV cameras lifting her son Pramod. After she woke up, she found him missing and lodged a case of kidnapping,” said GRP SP Tushar Patil.
A team led by Police Inspector Anil Dabde from the Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the GRP swung into action and checked outside various temples, dargahs, and other crowded places but in vain. “An informer called us saying a woman with a description of the kidnapped child is begging under Jogeshwari Bridge in Mumbai. We contacted Mumbai police and soon two police personnel were sent to detain the woman. She was taken to the Oshiwara police station, while we sent LCB team from here along with the complainant. The child was identified and brought here,” Patil added.
Police officials said that the woman believed that people give money if a child is seen in the lap, hence she kidnapped the infant.
Investigation team included Sub-Divisional Police Officer Nand Kumar Ghorpade, Inspector Anil Dabde,
Assistant Police Inspector Mangesh Jagtap, and police personnel Dhananjay Dugane, Sunil Kadam, Shrikant
Bhosale, Anand Kamble, Amardeep Salunke, Anil Dangat, Dinesh Bornare, Janardhan Garje, Vikram Madhe, Swapnil Kunjir, Nilesh Bidkar, Rajesh Kokate, Prabha Bansode, Ashwini Yevale, and Manisha Berad.