In an awful crime that fortunately ended well for all involved, a fourmonth-old
On Thursday, a 36-year-old woman identified as Aruna Rajendra Pawar was arrested by Hadapsar police for kidnapping the baby on Tuesday from the same area. The crime took place when the child’s mother was travelling with her to Satara after a quarrel with her husband. During the trip, she met Aruna, who gained her confidence and then disappeared with the child. Hadapsar cops launched a massive manhunt across the city, and with the help of human intelligence, tracked down the accused to
The child’s mother and complainant, Manju Devidas More (23), is a resident of Loni-Pravara in Ahmednagar district, where she resides with husband Devidas More (28) and their daughter Pranjali. Two years ago, the couple had an inter-caste marriage without the approval of Manju’s family. They admitted that they fight regularly over small issues. On the day of the incident, Manju had even approached local Loni-Pravara cops to complain against her spouse. Police called Devidas and released the couple after counselling. Still angry, Manju got on a Satara-bound bus and left with Pranjali.
As she did not have money for a ticket, Manju had narrated her story to a senior citizen and sought his monetary help. Aruna overheard the discussion and showed sympathy, gaining Manju’s confidence. She showed off her own family pictures and further ingratiated herself with promises of giving new dresses to the baby and getting her ears pierced. Around 5 pm, the bus reached Swargate, where Aruna beguiled Manju forcibly to get down with her. She took her to Hadapsar by bus. At the last bus stop on DP Road, they stopped at a Chinese food stall, where Aruna got Manju food to eat. When she was busy eating, Aruna escaped with Pranjali.
Elaborating on her trauma, Manju narrated, “The bus conductor, who knew I was going to Satara, opposed Aruna when she was taking me to Swargate. But she fought with him and abused him. She convinced me a lot to join her at her home, saying it is in Hadapsar. When I was having some food, she called someone to pick her up at DP Road. Within two minutes, she disappeared when I was eating. I started screaming for help, so some bystanders told me to approach Hadapsar PS.”
The distraught mother approached Hadapsar cops and after filing her plaint, refused to leave the premises till her child was found. Finally, police provided her with food and shelter near their building. They also contacted Devidas with the help of Ahmednagar police, and called him here urgently to take care of his wife. It was only when he rushed here that he was told by his wife of what had taken place.
Almost immediately, cops gathered their wits and started hunting down Pranjali and her kidnapper. They circulated closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage on social media with a description of the female suspect. After two days of intense search operations, cops received a tip-off that a woman resembling the accused stays at Manjari village with a baby girl. On Thursday night, police laid a trap at her house, where she was living on rent. With the help of some locals, female constables entered the house and first secured the baby, then nabbed Aruna.
Cops informed that Aruna is a domestic worker employed at Magarpatta City. Over the last three days, a police informer noticed her sudden regular trips to buy milk at a local shop, presumably for the baby. Finding her movements suspicious, Hadapsar cops were tipped off.
Elaborating on their efforts, deputy commissioner of police (DCP-crime) Bachchan Singh shared with Mirror, “Since it was a sensitive case, we approached all possible auto rickshaw drivers, residential societies and people involved in social activities. Our teams were roaming with the mother to identify her child and the accused. The suspect was residing at Sai Samarth society in Manjari. We confirmed information received and arrested her. It was good teamwork and coordination with the public that led to this detection within 48 hours.”
Senior police inspector Balkrishna Kadam of Hadapsar PS added, “We had prepared teams to conduct search for the baby and woman. Then, we received a tip-off about the woman. We further found out that she was in a live-in relationship with a man and has a 14-yearson old, too. We arrested her and booked her under section 363 (kidnapping) of the
Devidas summed up, “I was not even aware of the incident at first. I was shocked when I got here and my wife told me that Pranjali is missing. The police helped her a lot. They took care of her and provided her with food and shelter. Today, we got our baby back due to all the efforts taken by the cops.””
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