Nov 03 2017 : copyright Mirror (Bangalore)
Driver, mason help cops trace abducted children
The two children were abandoned in Tirupati after being kidnapped from outside their house
Technology and social media helped Bengaluru city police solve the kid napping case of a sister and brother from Bhupasandra. A WhatsApp citizen group consisting of citizens from Sanjaynagar area helped the police rescue the duo after they were kidnapped by a ragpicker and abandoned in Tirupati.A team of Sanjaynagar police brought the kids from Tirupati and handed them to their parents in Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon.The sister and brother identified as Namratha, 7, and Namith, 5, were handed to their parents Prashanth and Shylaja. Prashanth is a roadside coconut vendor and his wife is a house maid. A local identified as Avinash, a car driver by profession, and his friend, Vijay, 19, a tile mason, had helped the police solve the mysterious case.
The accused, identified as Vinod, a ragpicker, had kidnapped the kids on October 25 while they were playing outside their house in Bhupasandra 5th Main. After abducting the kids by luring them with chocolates, the accused had taken them to Tirupati.
The accused knew the kids’ uncle and had managed to befriend them. He would spend time with the sister and brother by playing with them and subsequently became close with them.The police suspect that the accused had hatched a plot to kidnap the kids to make them beg. After tak ing them to Tirupati on October 27th, the locals there suspected foul play and started questioning him as he was shabbily dressed.Fearing that he will be caught, the accused escaped after abandoning the kids there. A building mason identified as Venkatesh started taking care of the children and started enquiring about their address. The kids were unable to tell the exact location but said that they were from Hebbal.
Venkatesh contacted his rela tive Vijay who works in Bengaluru as a tile mason and lives in Hebbal.Venkatesh then took pictures of the kids and sent it to Vijay on WhatsApp asking him to find the parents of the kids. Vijay sent the pictures to his friend Avinash who was the part of the citizen group.The Sanjaynagar police who had registered a case of kidnap on October 26th had circulated the pictures of the victims in the WhatsApp citizen group in which Avinash is a member. After seeing the pictures sent by Vijay, Avinash checked the pictures sent by the police and found that the children which the police were looking for were the same. He then immediately rushed to Sanjyanagar police station on Wednesday and informed them about the kids.
“The presence of the mind of Avinash, Vijay and Venkatesh deserves appreciation. The accused is still at large. There were zero clues in the case. The pictures circulated in the citizen group’s on WhatsApp helped us find the kids.The kids have been reunited with their parents on Thursday afternoon,“ Chetan Singh Rathor, deputy commissioner of police (North), told BM.
Further investigations are on.