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Updated: September 22, 2013 08:51 IST

Infant kidnapped from hospital pavement in Chennai

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Shanti and Venkatesan had brought their son to the hospital — Photo: S.S. Kumar
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Shanti and Venkatesan had brought their son to the hospital — Photo: S.S. Kumar

Child was sleeping with his parents outside Royapettah GH

An eight-month-old boy was kidnapped from the pavement near Government Royapettah Hospital early on Saturday.

The child had been asleep beside his parents, who are part of the narikurava community. His mother vaguely recalled a man carrying away the infant.

On Saturday afternoon, the child’s mother, Shanti, was inconsolable. She said her son, Karthik, was sleeping next to her on the Royapettah bus stop pavement. Her husband Venkatesan and their other three children were also alongside.

“We had come to the hospital on Friday as Karthik was bleeding from the nose. The doctor who examined him asked us to bring the child the next day. So, we decided to spend the night on the pavement,” Shanti said.

Around 12.15 a.m., Shanti and her sister Kuppamma woke up hearing the cries of the other three children and saw a man walking away with little Karthik.

“I started to scream and woke up my husband. We quickly hailed an autorickshaw and searched every street nearby but the man was nowhere to be seen,” Shanti said.

Venkatesan said after hearing of the kidnap, his relatives from different parts of the city came to the hospital on Saturday to look for the child. But it did not yield any results.

The couple lodged a complaint with the police outpost at GRH. A case of kidnap was registered and a probe is under way.

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Such kidnappings are reported every now and then through out India ranging from Hospitals to Railway Stations and have become order of the day, but still continuing unabatted. Utter shame to the governments and the rightful authorities, who are careless and negligent towards discharging their duties. Thereby they exhibit their irresponsibility and indifference towards natural and just calls of their duties. At least, necessary policy decisions should have been initiated by now, to install 'CCTVs' at various vantage points like Bus stands, Railway Stations, Hospitals, Crowded Junctions etc., so that such footages could well be utilized to track down and control such heinous crimes as it would only assist the police a lot and save time and efforts. Would they do it?

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Sep 22, 2013 at 15:42 IST

The opposition will be saying that the "law and order situation is
getting worse by the day.and indeed it is.", that claim cannot be one
sided, only to be taken into account, when someone is in the

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Sep 22, 2013 at 14:55 IST
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