On Monday, Vijaya and her husband had taken their 6 days old baby to a maternity hospital in Koti, Hyderabad. The husband went out to get their aadhar cards photocopied for some formalities. Meanwhile, a woman in a blue saree arrived near Vijaya and offered help. Vijaya didn’t smell anything fishy. The woman then asked for the baby and documents including vaccination card which Vijaya handed over to her without any hesitation.

The woman had assured to return within a few minutes but didn’t show up for unusually long time. Only then, the couple sensed danger and rushed to the nearby police station. The cops showed extraordinary promptness.

First the police checked the CCTV footage of the hospital and spotted the suspicious woman. Since the woman had gotten access to all necessary documents, the hospital security couldn’t think of a reason to stop her from escaping the hospital. Then the bus stands and railway stations were put under surveillance. In a footage from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stand, the woman was identified while boarding a bus to Bidar, Karnataka. The driver and conductor of the bus were contacted who informed the police that the woman has already got down at a Kaman in Bidar at around 4 pm. The Bidar police were then alerted.

Special teams under the supervision of Sultan Bazar ACP, M Chetana, were rushed to Bidar on Monday night. And finally, the scared accused abandoned the baby in a local hospital who was soon found out by the cops. She is safe with her parents and doing well now.

Our teams searched different places in Bidar with photographs of the suspect and the baby. On Tuesday, we found the baby abandoned in the government hospital of Bidar. She is fine and the accused is absconding,” the ACP said.

East Zone DCP M Ramesh, who supervised the operation from Hyderabad, said CCTV footage played a key role. “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,” the DCP said.

Unfortunately, we are living in a society where crimes against children are happening every other day. Anticipating the worst hearing of the abduction news is totally normal. But all thanks to the Hyderabad and Bidar police who successfully rescued the tiny life.

Ht: TOI

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