Hyderabad: A two-year-old girl, who reached the Secunderabad Railway Station on Sunday, went through an eight-hour ordeal, from being abducted from near her sleeping father to being abandoned on the road in the middle of the night and being taken to a rescue home by the police, before she could finally return to her father.
The entire abduction episode began after Swarnalatha, aged two years and four months, reached the railway station along with her father D Suresh, a loading worker, and her five-year-old brother Prabhas, late on Sunday evening, to board a train on Monday morning to go to Nellore.
The trio slept on the foot-over-bridge in the station. Around 1 am when Suresh woke up, he found the child missing. He began searching all over the station premises but could not trace the child. It was 8.30 am when he finally gave up and approached the Secunderabad Government Railway Police.
The police, who immediately examined CCTV footage, found a man, aged around 25 years, carrying the child on his shoulders and calmly walking out of the station through Gate No 5. They soon released photos of the man taken from the video visuals, asking the public to help in identifying the man.
By this time, Swarnalatha had reached a rescue home in the city after being found abandoned on the road at Bandimet near the Monda Market police station. The Market police, who found her around 1.20 am, had sent her to the rescue home and were passing on the message to other police stations in the morning when they got a message from the railway police about the child.
A railway police team then went to the rescue home, where Suresh identified his daughter. By 9.30 am, more than eight hours after the yet-to-be-identified abductor stole her from near Suresh, the child was back in her father’s arms.
Police, who have sent out CCTV grabs of the suspected abductor, constituted two teams to track him down.