Karachi: Baby’s abductor remanded in judicial custody
KARACHI: A woman who allegedly abducted a newborn baby from a hospital was sent to jail on Wednesday. Urooj alias Sa’adia, was arrested and the baby, Abdul Karim, found in her possession in Tando Allahyar on Monday night. The 15-day-old boy had been taken away from the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital on February 1. Judicial Magistrate (Central) Asghar Ali Tanoli fixed February 8 as the date for resuming the hearing. Earlier, the investigation officer told the judge that the woman had kidnapped the baby from the hospital and fled to her native village in Tando Allahyar.
Muhammad Sabir, father of the infant, lodged an FIR at the Nazimabad police station. Liaquatabad SP Malik Zafar Iqbal then formed a team to conduct a probe.
The investigation team collected CCTV footage from the hospital and managed to get a clear image of the suspect. The image was sent to the National Database and Registration Authority, which provided the woman’s address after checking its records. However, when the investigation team raided that address, the house was found empty. Later, the team managed to obtain the woman’s cell phone number, which was forwarded to the department concerned to locate her. The team found out that the number was being used in Tando Allahyar.
A team of the Liaquatabad division police left for Tando Allahyar and conducted a raid on the house of the alleged kidnapper on Monday night. The police recovered the baby and arrested Urooj and her two relatives.
They were brought to Karachi on Tuesday morning and the baby was handed over to the parents. Sabir, a rickshaw driver who lives in Mehran Town, Korangi, said he had taken his wife and sons to the hospital. There, Urooj (pretending to be Rani) took their 15-day-old baby and asked the family to proceed to the upper floor to have their children registered. When they returned, “Rani” had fled along with their son, Sabir said.