Pune: The kidnapping case of a 10-day-old girl from Bopodi on Wednesday took a dramatic turn on Thursday morning after her 26-year-old mother confessed to the police that she threw the child in Mula river from VB Patil Bridge.
On Wednesday, complainant Reshma Shaikh had lodged a case of kidnapping of her 10-day-old daughter with the Khadki police. In her complaint, she had said that she took a shared autorickshaw with white hood from Shevale Hospital to Bopodi Chowk and when she reached the Chowk, her daughter was snatched from her hands by a woman present in the rickshaw. The autorickshaw driver had then fled from the location.
Following this, a case of kidnapping was lodged against an unidentified autorickshaw driver and a woman.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Sakore quickly pressed a team of crime branch and Khadki police into action. Police officials then started investigating the case and smelled a rat after they found many discrepancies in her statements. A team of police officials were also going through various CCTV footages of the path travelled by the complainant. Another police team with dog squad was also investigating the case. Police officials said that they were unable to find any autorickshaw driver matching the description given by the complainant.
Police officials saw in some CCTV footage that the woman is walking alone near Bopodi Chowk, which raised suspicions. The dog squad too could reach only till Bopodi chowk. Police officials then started interrogating Reshma and on Wednesday night she gave up and confessed of throwing her daughter off the bridge. A team of Khadki police, and Khadki fire brigade department then launched a search operation for the body of the girl in the river near VB Patil Bridge, but could not find it. Police officials will be continuing their search for locating the body.
Assistant Police Inspector Santosh Shinde and Police Sub Inspector Madan Kamble used a boat and entered the river to search for the body, but failed to locate it.
Senior Police Inspector Laxman Borate said that the accused Reshma has been arrested under section 302 (murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the IPC. The accused will be produced in court on Friday. Police Inspector Ajit Lakde was part of the probe.