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Law and Order: Will they find the child?

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The only evidence available with the police is a blurred footage of the suspect captured in a CCTV camera, writes S. Sundar

Had everything went well, the couple could have celebrated with great joy the first birthday of their first child five months back. But Meenakshi and Dinakkaran could never set their eyes on their baby again ever since it went missing from Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai a day after its birth.

While the city police miserably failed to trace the male child that went missing on June 15, 2013, the only hope now for the couple from Bommanpatti near Vadipatti is the transfer of the case to the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department.

The challenge before the plainclothesmen is manifold. For, identifying the child that was only a day old when it went missing after a year will per se be a Herculean task. “Even the mother cannot identify the child now. The police will have to take up scientific ways such as DNA test to prove the case after identifying the child,” an official said.

The child was lifted from the maternity ward of the GRH in daytime. A middle-aged woman had forcefully taken the child from Meenakshi claiming that some of her (Meenakshi’s) relatives wanted to see it. And she never returned, and so the infant.

Besides the mother of the infant, who had been a witness, the only evidence available with the police is a blurred footage of the suspect captured in a CCTV camera.

The officer said the city police could not properly interrogate the suspects (read women) who were around at the time of abduction as the police were threatened with protests by the staff.

The police were also taken aback when one of the employees attempted to end life following police questioning.

The major handicap for the Madurai CB-CID would be lack of women officer and other staff who could interrogate the suspects.

“We know the pain of a mother over loss of a child and every effort will be taken to re-unite the missing child with her,” one of the officials said with confidence.

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