Meticulous police work reunites child with mother on Chhath Puja
NEW DELHI: A search operation spread over 19 days and involving inquiry of more than 100 people in more than 20 villages of Uttar Pradesh finally bore fruit for personnel of south Delhi's Amar Colony police station, who reunited a two-year-old with his mother on the auspicious Chhath Puja.
Police said that Sumit was kidnapped on October 8 while playing in a park in Amar Colony area.
A team led by Amar Colony SHO Udaibir Singh, under the supervision of Lajpat Nagar ACP Satish Kain, took up the investigation.
The team scanned footage from 15 CCTV cameras and found that a man in his mid-twenties was seen taking the child.
A door-to-door campaign was launched in Amar Colony, with cops checking over 100 houses.
DCP (South East) Romil Baaniya said that after investigation revealed that the child was in Gorakhpur, and a police team reached and checked as many as 25 26 villages and inquired more than 100 people.
Police sources added that in order to make sure that the kidnappers do not get wind of the search, cops took more than 40 people – including the panchayat members – into confidence and asked them to be vigilant.
Soon, one of the accused Vinod was arrested from a village, and he revealed the name of his associate to be Panna Lal.
In the village, three persons were found to have the name Panna Lal, and one of them was found to be missing.
Assured that he was the culprit, cops began an intense searching for him and, in the nick of time, caught Panna Lal along with the missing child, just as they were about to leave for Nepal.
Upon interrogation, Panna Lal told police that he and his wife had lost their eight-year-old son to chicken pox around four years ago.
After their son's death, his wife could not conceive and they planned to hire Vinod to kidnap a child for them.
Panna Lal also confessed that they had planned to kidnap a child around four months ago. Police are now searching for Panna Lal's wife, who is on the run.
Sukanti Devi, Sumit's mother, told Millennium Post that she was relieved her child returned to her on Chhath Puja, adding that life was hell for her without her child.