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Updated: July 8, 2012 01:20 IST

Alert Haridwar cops rescue child

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NOW IN SAFE HANDS: The kidnapped girl after being rescued by the police in Haridwar on Saturday. Photo: Virender Singh Negi
NOW IN SAFE HANDS: The kidnapped girl after being rescued by the police in Haridwar on Saturday. Photo: Virender Singh Negi

Thanks to two alert constables, three-year-old Sangeeta, who was taken away by a limping man while she was sleeping with her parents at the Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai almost a month ago, was recovered safely at the Haridwar bus stand on Saturday.

Constables Pankaj Giri and Dilwar immediately nabbed Raju. A CCTV footage released by the Railway police on Friday came in handy for them. It showed a limping man alighting from a train on June 10 and wandering around the CST before spotting a family with the sleeping baby. He then sat beside her and took her away.

Cash award

“We grew suspicious of the limping man carrying a baby girl and interrogated him,” said the constables. The accused then admitted to the crime.

Uttarakhand Director-General of Police has announced a cash award of Rs. 10,000 for the constables.

Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Arun Mohan Joshi told journalists that it appeared Raju brought the child to the pilgrimage city to use her for begging. He visited Haridwar at least twice before and knew about the begging potential there.

Mumbai Railway Police Commissioner Prabhat Kumar was informed of the recovery of the child and a police team was on its way to Haridwar to take her back to her parents.

Sangeeta’s parents, who are very poor, were overjoyed when they heard their daughter’s voice on the phone, Mr. Joshi said.

The ordeal ends

The couple, who live in Parbhani district in the backward region of Marathwada in Maharashtra, have identified their daughter from the television footage.

However, the police have to still complete the verification process by showing them the photograph of the girl found in Haridwar.

“We do not have any photograph of the girl. So we have asked the Haridwar police to send us a photo,” Surendranath Deshmukh, senior inspector at the CST railway police station, told journalists.

“It so happened that a few television channels went there [the couple’s village] and showed the footage to the parents who confirmed that the girl is their daughter,” Mr. Prabhat Kumar told The Hindu.

Kanhaiya Khandelwal, a local NDTV correspondent, who visited the parents, told The Hindu on the phone that when he showed the footage, the mother identified her daughter.

“They have not yet heard from the police,” he said.

The family, which belongs to the disadvantaged Pardhi community, leads a hand-to-mouth existence in a remote village in Palam taluk.

“They are labourers with a meagre earning. During the monsoon they came to Mumbai to do some drainage work. They missed the train back home from the CST station. Therefore, they decided to take the morning train and spent the night at the station when Sangeeta was abducted,” Mr. Khandelwal said.

“They stay in a small 6X7 feet house with their five children, including Sangeeta. They thanked the police and the media.”

The police heaved a sigh of relief that Sangeeta was “not sexually exploited,” Mr. Deshmukh said. He said that so far no link with any organised begging ring had been found. Raju was working as a cleaner.

A police team has left for Parbhani.

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from:  Article Submission
Posted on: Jul 10, 2012 at 08:31 IST


Excellent work by Haridwar Police constables Pankaj Giri and Dilwar.

from:  JAYADEVAN
Posted on: Jul 9, 2012 at 11:59 IST

great work,,congrats.....

from:  sharath kumar
Posted on: Jul 8, 2012 at 13:13 IST

I used to flip the google news headlines daily and tired of seeing the
big political drama.Are they really news?Does it matter to public. After
long time,I enjoyed reading news "police doing help of very poor to such
an extent".Instead always blaming police,Positive work done by them
should also need to be appreciated and highlighted by media.I thank to
THE HINDU to publish such a nice article.

from:  Mr.Suroon
Posted on: Jul 8, 2012 at 02:13 IST

It is refreshing for a change to hear about alert cops who united the kidnapped child with her parents.It is such dedicated persons
who restore ones faith in our guardians of the law who are otherwise notorious for their corrupt practices and arrogant behavior.Bravo constables Pankaj Giri and Dilwar.India needs more people like you.God Bless you both.67

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Jul 8, 2012 at 02:03 IST

Kudos to the police for a great effort!

from:  sree
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 21:05 IST

It is very nice to see that Mumbai Railway police acted aptly even
though the victim is a contract laborer. This proves our police service
can aggravate people's concerns if they commit in the same way.

from:  avinashb
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 20:55 IST

I am really very touched by Mumbai police's prompt action even though the child belonged to a lowly labour parents.It is heartening to note that in India police have not completly lost their soul yet.maybe there is some hope . Thanks a million , Mumbai Police.

from:  kannan
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:45 IST

CCTV cameras can help solve crime and thwart terrorism in a big way. England has the highest number of cameras per kilometer. I was watching a movie the other day and was surprised to see the control room in Glasgow city. Entire city was observed by the security staff and be able to spot and report trouble to the petrolling units. Simply amazing.Congrats to Our indian police, proud of you.

from:  suma
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:43 IST

A nice job done by the police who have arrested the kidnaper hats off to police plz police should be for child kidnaping case.

from:  rakesh
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:21 IST

great news for the parents. I think railway should install cctv cameras
on all the croudy stations for the security of the passengers. Great
thing done by mumbai police officials.

from:  swarup kumar
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:21 IST

Amazing Police Work. The persons involved must receive due recognition.

from:  vox Populi
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:17 IST

Sabash! Great help to a common man! Unheard of these days!

from:  Raman Srinivasan
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:16 IST

Prayers are answered quickly ! Little girl is saved ! Hope she reaches
safe and sound to her parents !! Country's public places are pathetic
and there is no security for common people !! Security personel on the
whole, must be cautious and sensitive to these and take stren actions
against these merciless creatures !! Lets pray nothing happens from now
on and our people are safe!

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jul 7, 2012 at 18:10 IST
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