Mumbai: Man abandons three children after wife dies of tuberculosis

Cops are trying to track down the father; kids sent to children’s home

Johar Ali, Wahib and Rehan were spotted crying at Behndi Bazaar
Johar Ali, Wahib and Rehan were spotted crying at Behndi Bazaar

The police are on the lookout for a Mahim-based man who abandoned his three children (aged 4, 6 and 8 years old) at Bhendi Bazaar. The children were spotted crying on the footpath by the cops on November 22, a day after their father left them there.

The cops took the kids to JJ Marg police station and questioned the oldest boy, who said their names were Johar Ali (8), Wahib (4) and Rehan (6).

One of officers said, “The children kept crying and asking for their father. Johar said their father had told them to wait for him to come back, but he never did.”

Johar also revealed that they live near Baba Maqdoom Shah dargah in Mahim, but could not remember any other details. When the cops took the kids to the location, they came across one of the locals, Munna Andsari, who identified them and said that the kids used to live at the Nayanagar slums with their parents. Ansari also informed the police that the family originally hails from Varanasi, UP, but had been living in Mumbai for the last four months.

However, since their mother died of tuberculosis last month, there was no one to take care of the kids.

Another local told the police that the kids’ father’s name could be Hajarat Ali, but the kids are yet to confirm this. The local also said that the father would go missing for days together and the children would be left hungry and crying.

“We registered the local residents’ statements and shifted the children to the Mankhurd children’s home. We are searching for their father and are also scanning footage from CCTV cameras installed in the area to find out who left them there,” said Senior Police Inspector Dilip Shinde from JJ Marg police station.

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