Cops step up search for Kurla baby's parents

Jan 29, 2014, 12:00 IST | Shiva Devnath

The Wadala GRP are searching through complaints registered for missing babies, to trace the parents of the infant boy who was found in an abandoned bag by a hawker in a local train

Police are searching high and low for the parents of the baby boy who was packed up in a bag and left near the footboard of a Harbour line train. MiD DAY had reported yesterday on how hawker Kishor Kale (20) had found a bag in the ladies’ compartment of a CST-Belapur train and had picked it up ('Hawker steals bag from train, baby pops out', January 28).

Many NGOs have come forward to help the child, but police have stalled them till investigations are completed
Many NGOs have come forward to help the child, but police have stalled them till investigations are completed

When he got off at Kurla, he opened the bag and a child’s hand reached out to him. Shocked and scared, Kale tried to drop the bag and escape, but was caught by an alert ticket collector. He was later handed over to the Wadala Government Railway Police (GRP) for investigations.

MiD DAY report on January 28
MiD DAY report on January 28

The Wadala GRP have intensified their search operation to find the parents of the 15-day-old boy. Yesterday, officials forwarded applications to each railway station between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Kurla, asking them to provide CCTV footage of the times when the local train carrying the baby and the hawker halted at their respective stations.

“We released Kale today. We are also going through all registered complaints of missing babies in police stations of Mumbai and are taking help from informers to find the boy’s parents,” informed a police officer from Wadala GRP.

The boy was determined to be healthy by Bhabha Hospital on Monday and was handed over to Asha Sadan in Dongri. The children’s home then sent the boy to JJ Hospital for a medical check-up yesterday, and the results showed the infant was healthy and well.

Many want to adopt baby
The Wadala GRP have received calls from various NGOs and individuals wanting to adopt the child, after MiD DAY reported on his survival. But officials have refused the offers till investigations are completed.

Senior Inspector Jitendra Rathod of Wadala GRP said, “We request people who want to help the abandoned child to wait for some time. Please stay calm as the investigation is still underway. We can’t take any decisions without completing due procedures.”

When this correspondent called Asha Sadan to check on the child, the person on the other end of the phone said, “We are thankful to MiD DAY for taking up this matter. We have received many calls to help the child.

Asha Sadan is an associated body of the government and we can’t accept these offers.” She further added that the child was in their custody, but the Child Welfare Committee would take a decision today whether to keep him at Asha Sadan or to shift him to another home.

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