Mumbai

Two missing minors reunited with parents within 24 hours

Mumbai: Prudent use of technology, timely action by the police, and the presence of mind by an autorickshaw driver helped the police reunite two runaway minor girls with their parents within five hours of receiving the information.

According to Mumbai Crime Branch officers, the search was initiated on Sunday afternoon, when constable Koli with the Unit III learned about the two girls.

“Princy Yashpal and Jivida Bagde, who live in Wardha, had left from their houses in a huff on Sunday morning due to constant fights with their parents. Princy would frequently use her mother’s cell phone to use the internet. After her disappearance, her father went through her mother’s search history and found that she had searched for trains to Mumbai the previous day,” an officer with the Crime Branch Unit III said.

Princy’s father conveyed the information to Sawangi police station, where he had registered a complaint. The Sawangi police sent out a message on all WhatsApp groups.

“Mr. Koli is part of one such group and after he alerted us, we put a team on the job. The team went to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and made inquiries with autorickshaw drivers. The police learned that one auto driver had picked up two teenage girls matching Princy and Jivida’s description a short while earlier,” the officer said.

The team called the auto driver, and found that the girls were still with him. The challenge, officers said, was to glean information from the driver without alerting the girls, lest they would try to run away again.

The auto driver managed to convey that he had taken the girls to Juhu Chowpatty and was now showing them around.

“The driver was wondering what to do. We told him to take the girls to Mahul Village in Chembur and rushed to the spot. The girls were taken into custody around five hours after we first got the information. We contacted their parents who reached the city on Sunday night and took their daughters home,” the officer said.

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