Childless taxi driver kidnaps 3-year-old girl

H Ramesh

Desperate about not having children of his own, a cab driver kidnapped a three-year-old daughter of a wage-earning couple and told his wife that he found her in the railway station.

The police arrested 33-year-old H Ramesh and his associate Manjunatha who snatched the girl, Mamatha, and took her away on a bike by covering her with a cloth. The incident, which happened on April 10, was captured on a CCTV camera. Ramesh lives in Varthur and Manjunatha in Marthahalli.

On April 13, DH reported the incident after the Sampigehalli police registered a kidnap case based on a complaint by Mamatha’s father Sharanappa.

Noting down the bike’s registration number from the CCTV footage, the police arrested Ramesh and Manjunatha from Gunjurpalya on Tuesday and rescued Mamatha from a house where Ramesh was keeping her and looking after her.

The police took custody of Ramesh, who told them that he did not have children and his wife had two abortions.

The couple lied to their relatives that they had a four-year-old daughter and acted as if they were parenting a child.

Learning about Ramesh’s situation, Manjunatha plotted to kidnap a child. He told Ramesh that the operation would cost Rs 25,000 and took Rs 5,000 as advance. The duo scoured the city for girl children who wandered away from home and, on April 10, spotted Mamatha at MCECSH Layout in SRK Nagar near Sampigehalli.

They lured the child offering chocolates and abducted her. Ramesh later told his wife, who was at her native in Davanagere, that he found the orphan girl at the railway station and brought her home.

The Sampigehalli police reunited Mamatha with her parents.

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