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Kidnapped Mumbai Girl Meets Family After 9 Years. Her Journey Back Home

The official in-charge of the case all the time carried the woman’s picture in his pocket. (Representational)


More than 9 years after a woman was kidnapped by a Mumbai-based couple, the minor, now 16, was reunited along with her household in Mumbai, courtesy an alert lady home assist, who performed an essential function within the reunion, police stated.

The woman – Pooja Gaud – had gone lacking on January 22, 2013, following which her household in addition to the police had launched a frantic seek for her.

She was lastly reunited with the household on Friday, and the person who had kidnapped her was arrested. Surprisingly, the woman’s kidnappers, with whom she stayed all of the whereas, and her unique household, lived within the neighborhood, a police official stated on Saturday.

“The (kidnapping) incident had occurred in 2013 when she was going to her civic-run school. She was walking with her elder brother, who was then studying in Class 4. He was walking ahead of her. But after some time, when he turned back, he did not find her,” the official stated.

After attending his courses, he went to Pooja’s classroom, the place her instructor informed him that she was absent. He went house and alerted her mother and father about her. They approached the D N Nagar police station, following which a lacking individual’s report was registered initially, he stated.

The metropolis police had launched a seek for Pooja, and posters carrying her photographs in class uniform have been additionally distributed within the space.

For assistant sub inspector Rajendra Bhosle (now retired), who was in-charge of the lacking individual’s bureau at D N Nagar police station, it turned a mission to hint the woman. Bhosle, who’s now 65-year-old, all the time carried the woman’s picture in his pocket, however didn’t get any clue on her whereabouts, police stated.

Meanwhile, 35-year-old home assist Pramila Devendra, who labored in suburban Juhu, got here throughout Pooja, who had began working in the identical space like her since the previous few months. “During their conversation, Pooja once told her that she was being harassed by her family members, who were not her original parents. She told her that she had been kidnapped. Pramila then searched on the internet whether any news report about her missing case had appeared anywhere. During the search, she came across the stories and articles about Pooja, following which she informed the D N Nagar police station about her case,” the police official stated.

Police got here into motion and made inquiries with Pooja and located she was the identical woman who had gone lacking years in the past, stated Milind Khurde, senior inspector of D N Nagar police station.

Thereafter, police interrogated Harry D’Souza and his spouse, with whom Pooja was staying for the final 9 years.

“During their questioning, it came to light that D’Souza had kidnapped Pooja as the couple did not have a child. After kidnapping, he had sent her to Karnataka for some time before bringing her back to Mumbai,” he stated.

D N Nagar police then registered a primary info report (FIR) towards D’Souza and his spouse Soni, each residents of Juhu Galli, below sections 363 (kidnapping), 365 ( intent for abduction), 368 (wrongful confinement ), 370 ( trafficking) and 374 (unlawfully compelling an individual for labour) of the Indian Penal Code, he stated.

D’Souza was positioned below arrest late Thursday night time and despatched to police custody until August 10, he stated.

On Friday, the woman was reunited along with her relations – her mom Poonam and 19-year-old brother Rohit – who stays only a kilometre away from the D’Souza household lived, police stated.

“Their reunion was a very emotional moment for us as we were able to reunite the missing girl with her family,” inspector Khurde stated.

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