Four Siblings from Mumbai Escape Alleged Harassment by Father, Found by Police

Four Siblings from Mumbai Escape Alleged Harassment by Father, Found by Police

Four Siblings from Mumbai Escape Alleged Harassment by Father, Found by Police

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The mother of the four siblings accompanied them on the Punjab Mail train journey. However, she was separated from them during the trip and eventually returned home alone.

4th June 2024

By Sukhmani Kooner 

The police found four siblings from Mumbai at an ashram in Gwalior, MP, a week after their escape from home. Despite their current whereabouts, they have not yet reunited with their family. The children have voiced their discontentment with their father’s behaviour, describing it as “harassment.”

The mother of four siblings, aged 11 (the boy), 18, 15 and 8 (the sisters), accompanied them on the Punjab Mail train journey. However, she was separated from them during the trip and eventually returned home alone.

According to a report from TOI, the police stated that the children orchestrated their escape. To fund their journey, they sold their school books and some belongings at a nearby scrap yard. The 15-year-old girl, who achieved an 85 percent score in her SSC exam, was among them. Additionally, they convinced their mother to depart with them on 26th May.

However, the mother made efforts to dissuade the children from carrying out their escape plan while they were on the train, expressing her discomfort with it. As per the police, she stepped down at Khandwa station, hoping that the children would be frightened and choose to accompany her.

However, contrary to her hopes, the mother and the children became separated after the train departed from the station, as stated by an official from the MIDC police station, where a kidnapping case has been registered. Upon her return home on 28th May, the mother informed her husband about the children’s escape plan.

A call placed by the children to a person named Riyaz, described as a “friend” from Uttar Pradesh, using a fellow passenger’s phone, aided the police in locating them. Upon receiving this information, the police were alerted that the children had disembarked at Gwalior and were guided to the ashram by locals.

At that point, the Mumbai police had established communication with the Gwalior police, who, through the examination of CCTV footage and discussions with locals, determined the destination of the children. Upon the arrival of the police at the ashram, the siblings expressed their reluctance to return to their father. They were subsequently brought before the Child Commission in Gwalior for further proceedings.

The case was overseen by four teams led by Assistant Commissioner Shashikant Bhosale, Senior Inspector Satish Gaikwad, Inspector Tukaram Koyande, Assistant Inspector Yash Palwe and Sub-Inspector Rahul Patil, all under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner Mangesh Shinde.