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'Social worker' who kidnapped baby held

The Hinjewadi police yesterday arrested a 32-year-old woman who on Friday, posing as a social worker, had run away with the 10-day-old baby of a woman whom she had befriended in Sassoon hospital. The woman has been identified as Swati Indrajit Gaikwad, a resident of Kailashnagar in Thergaon.

Swati is married for three years and has no children. Her husband works as a taxi driver, while Swati works as a nurse with a Nurses Bureau and also allegedly possesses an identity card of the Home Guard. Bund Garden police station has registered a case under section 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code against Gaikwad.

Police Inspector Parshuram Patil of Hinjewadi police station said the news about the 10-day old baby boy kidnapped by a woman in Hadapsar had appeared in local newspapers. “Our patrolling team received information that a woman similar to the description in the news is residing at Thergaon. Thereafter, Swati was summoned to the police chowky where she confessed to have taken away the boy, as she was unable to conceive since her marriage.”

Police Inspector Ukhaji Sonawane, of Bund Garden police station, said, “We will get the child medically examined at the Sassoon Hospital and after getting an order from the court, the child will be handed over to his parents.”

On November 27, Vaishali Ramesh Mane (30) delivered a baby boy at Sassoon Hospital. On the third day, after the delivery, Gaikwad who identified herself as Vaishali Sawant of Vishrantwadi, posing as a social worker, got friendly with Mane. Gaikwad visited Mane daily, enquiring about her health.

At 8.30 am on Friday, Mane was discharged from the hospital. Gaikwad suggested that they should travel by an auto, and insisted that she would drop Mane and her newborn at their home in Urali Kanchan. During their journey, the two got off at a hotel to get breakfast and on the pretext of buying a diaper, Gaikwad fled with the child.  

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