Accused strikes during Eid-e-Milad, nabbed in 24 hours
A 28-year-old woman was arrested by the JJ Marg police station for kidnapping a nine-month-old infant during the celebrations on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad.
The accused, identified as Nabila Mansuri had suffered miscarriage thrice and hatched a plan to kidnap an infant, using the auspicious event as the best time to fulfill her wishes of finally becoming a mother.
Celebrating Prophet Muhammad's birthday, member of the religious community were out on the streets, when on November 21 around 8:30 pm, the victim's mother Nasrin Habibullah Khan fell prey and trusted her daughter with the accused.
Khan, a 26-year-old housewife and Mankhurd resident came to the southern part of the city with her relatives to take part in the festivities. As Khan had gathered in Bhendi Bazaar area and was waiting with her kidnapped child in her hand, just then she was approached by Mansuri, who told her that they are distributing niyas (prasad-devotional offering) and she must go and get some. The accused also asked her to not worry and said she would take care of the child till the time she came back. But when Khan arrived, Mansuri was missing, after which she approached the police and a kidnapping complaint was registered. The sleuths were swift in taking action, via an aggressive lookout for the lady who had disappeared with the baby girl.
CCTV footage of the adjoining areas and the railway stations were scanned, yet she was nowhere to be seen. With this it was established that she had not moved out of Null Bazar and Masjid Bandar area, narrowing down the police's search.
The police received an information that Mansuri had brought a new kid in her house who was constantly crying, which aroused suspicion amongst someone who alerted the cops.
The kidnapped baby, Gulbasa, has been safely handed over to her mother and other family members.
“The accused, at first began playing with girl to gain her mother's confidence. She has been arrested. The child was unharmed and we found her in a good condition. Mansuri's intention was only to have a child of her own, which she was unable to, thrice. Taking advantage of the crowd present in the festivities, she thought it could be her best chance to escape with the infant. We suspected her because of the information we had received. However, the accused was not clearly visible in the CCTV footage. With the help of our informers, we were able to nab her,” said PSI Rajendra Ghevdekar and Investigating Officer in the case.
A FIR has been filed at JJ police station and Mansuri has been booked under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the IPC and remanded to judicial custody.