On Monday afternoon, a couple entered a Government Maternity Hospital in Hyderabad’s Koti to get their six-day-old baby vaccinated. Little did they know that events would take a very unexpected turn.
As her husband stepped out to get copies of their Aadhaar cards for some paperwork, the wife, Vijaya was approached by a woman in a blue saree who told her she was an employee and would help in getting the baby vaccinated. She asked the woman for the baby as well as the medical records and said she would return in a while.
The wait of a few minutes turned into hours, and the couple ran into a panic when they saw no signs of the woman returning with their baby. They rushed to the nearest police station and lodged a complaint.
Speaking to NDTV, Shiv Shankar Rao, one of the police officers investigating the case, said that the woman had easily slipped out of the hospital with the baby.
“The security staff check the papers when a baby is taken out of the hospital, but in this case, the woman had all relevant papers, so there was no reason for them to suspect or stop her,” he said.
Once alerted at around 2 pm, Hyderabad police checked the CCTV footage captured at the hospital and based upon their findings, sent out special police teams to all railway and bus stations to prevent the suspect from escaping.
As per a report in The Times of India, the police team that reached Mahatma Gandhi Bus station in Afzalgunj caught hold of CCTV footage and found that the suspect has boarded a bus to Bidar in Karnataka. Upon getting the contact number of the bus driver, he informed them that a woman in a blue saree had alighted the bus at a kaman in Bidar at around 4 pm.
Wasting no time, the cops in Hyderabad alerted cops in Bidar, Karnataka. Special teams under the supervision of Sultan Bazar Assistant Commissioner of Police, M Chetana, conducted home-to-home searches in the locality.
“Our teams searched different places in Bidar with photographs of the suspect and baby. On Tuesday, we found the baby abandoned at a government hospital in Bidar. She is fine, and the accused is absconding,” the ACP told TOI.
East Zone DCP, M Ramesh, who supervised the operation from Hyderabad, told the publication, “The accused got down from the bus just before we could contact the driver and conductor. Five special teams of Hyderabad police along with Bidar cops conducted house-to-house search in certain areas of Bidar where the accused got down. Our efforts worked out, forcing the accused to abandon the girl at a local hospital.”
And while it is unfortunate that the kidnapper absconded, it is indeed remarkable how cops in two states joined hands and worked tirelessly to unite a mother with her child in less than 24 hours! Anjani Kumar, IPS Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, along with other top cops also visited the Koti Maternity Hospital to meet the mother of the baby.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)