We often use WhatsApp for chatting, but Mumbai police used it to find an abducted girl. A seven-year-old was rescued from the clutches of her kidnapper with the help of WhatsApp. She was abducted from outside her residence, reports Mid-Day.
On May 27, the girl’s parents, after failing to locate her in the vicinity, approached the Pant Nagar (Mumbai) police and lodged a missing person’s complaint. During scrutiny of CCTV footage recorded from a camera installed at a shop near their residence, the minor was seen walking away from the house with a stranger.
The Pant Nagar police circulated this footage on various social media platforms, including WhatsApp, to their counterparts across various departments to help them find the minor.
On May 31, Traffic constable Zuber Tamboli, who was waiting at Thane station, saw the minor along with her kidnapper. He said:
“I was standing on the rail overbridge, trying to figure out the platform on which my train would be arriving. It was here that I spotted the little girl with her kidnapper. They kept moving from one platform to another. I smelled a rat and immediately checked the video clip I had received on WhatsApp. This helped me ascertain that it was the same girl, who was kidnapped four days ago. Initially, nobody helped me hold down the accused when he was desperately trying to run away. It was only after I told other commuters that I was a cop, did a few of them help me. We handed him over to the police.”
Senior Inspector Shankar Dhanawade from Pant Nagar police station said:
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“Circulation of the CCTV footage on social media, especially WhatsApp, helped us apprehend the accused. While the accused had changed his clothes, the girl was wearing the same clothes she was last seen in. This helped Tamboli identify her.”
Soon after her rescue, the minor was reunited with her family and sent to Rajawadi Hospital for a medical check-up. The accused has been booked under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code.