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Missing child's photograph identified

Staff Reporter

Sequel to kidnap case investigation

CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch police on Thursday arrested Saleema, wife of Varadharajan, who was arrested by the Pulianthope police on Tuesday in connection with the child kidnapping racket.

The police are on the lookout for Jeba Kanni, another accomplice of Varadharajan.

The kidnap case was transferred to the Central Crime Branch Police, following which a senior officer said they collected about 350 photographs of children admitted to the private shelter home. They also seized a photo album from the shelter.

Meanwhile on Thursday, about 10 parents whose children were kidnapped in 1998-99, came to the Police Commissioner's office, following reports of the arrest of the gang which was involved in kidnapping children from residential areas such as Pulianthope, Otteri and Washermanpet.

One of the parents, M. Habib of Sadras in Kancheepuram district said that in March 1998, his wife Sajeera, came to the city with their three-and half-year-old son Amaruddin. When Sajeera was trying to see the number of a bus, her son was kidnapped. Later she was told that some people had grabbed the child and fled. However, he was not able to identify his missing child in the photo album available with the police.

Another woman, Sivakami, said that in 1997, her one and half-year-old son Subash was playing outside their house on 2nd Street, Pulianthope, whe he disappeared. A search in the neighbouring houses proved futile and she filed a complaint with Pulianthope police. Luck was in her favour on Thursday, as she was able to trace the photograph of her son Subash. She suspects that her son could have given for adoption to someone abroad.

Police said except for Sivakami, none of the parents who came to the Commissionerate on Thursday were able to identify their children.

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