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Newborn rescued, three arrested for kidnap

The newborn being handed over to his mother at Thane Civil Hospital on Monday.

The newborn being handed over to his mother at Thane Civil Hospital on Monday.  

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4-hour-old boy was kidnapped from Thane Civil Hospital; six children also found in house of accused

Mumbai: The Crime Branch on Monday rescued a four-hour-old boy, who was allegedly kidnapped from Thane Civil Hospital on Sunday, and arrested three people.

The police also found six children in the house of two of the accused – a couple – and will be subjecting them to DNA tests to confirm if they are the couple’s children.

Bhiwandi resident Mohini Bhowar (19) delivered a baby at Thane Civil Hospital on Saturday night, and was admitted to ward five.

In the early hours of Sunday, the police said, a woman came up to Ms. Bhowar, and said that her mother had asked her to hand over the child to her, and took her son away.

A short while later, Ms. Bhowar’s mother turned up, and they realised that the child had been kidnapped. An FIR was registered with the Thane Nagar police and the unit I of the Crime Branch was instructed to conduct parallel inquiries.

“We identified the accused using CCTV footage, and then tracked her movements through cameras installed by commercial establishments outside the hospital. We also checked footage near railway stations and bus stops. We saw the woman boarding a train to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at around 4:16 a.m. on Sunday,” an officer with the Crime Branch said.

The police found out that the woman got off at CSMT and then took the same train to Dombivli. Footage at Dombivli station showed the woman meeting a hunchbacked man and exiting the station.

“The hunchback proved to be a major help as one of the autorickshaw drivers told us that he had picked up the man, along with the woman and a child, from outside the station and dropped them at Pisavli village in Dombivli. Villagers identified him as Vijay Srivastav (55) and led us to his house,” the officer said.

The police questioned Mr. Srivastav and he led them to Sonu and Gudiya Rajbhar, who stay in the same village. The police found the kidnapped baby boy, and six children – one boy and five girls – aged between three and eleven years, in their house.

“Ms. Gudiya Rajbhar claimed that she only had one son and wanted another, for which she kidnapped the boy. We are verifying her claims. The other children will be subjected to DNA tests to verify if they are indeed her children,” the officer said.

The police charged them with kidnapping under the Indian Penal Code. They will be produced in court on Tuesday.

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