Abducted boy reunites with mother

Abducted boy reunites with mother
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Jubilation knows no bounds as mother hugs kidnapped boy. Tears of joy rolled down the cheeks of Nagaratnamma, who saw her boy after 15 days of ordeal, trauma and agonising wait.

Tirupati: Jubilation knows no bounds as mother hugs kidnapped boy. Tears of joy rolled down the cheeks of Nagaratnamma, who saw her boy after 15 days of ordeal, trauma and agonising wait.

The cherubic nine-month-old Chennakesava, who was whisked away by a gang at Tirumala on June 14, was produced along with the suspected abductors at a media conference here by police on Saturday.

Nagaratnamma and her husband Venkateswarlu grabbed their beloved son and rained kisses on his cheeks as a token of expressing jubilation soon after spotting him.

The boy, looking rather anemic with a yearning for parents and for want of proper feeding, became a cynosure of all eyes. The senior police officials, including Anantapurrange Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police J Prabhakara Rao, former urban SP R Jayalakshmi and present SP Ch Vijayarao, looked relieved after solving the mystery shrouding the child’s abduction.

A battery of cameramen from print and electronic media vied with one another to capture the live visuals. The sordid drama surrounding the child’s missing that gave the police sleepless nights for over 15 days ended on a happy note, when the accused - Ashok and Tangyee dramatically surfaced in a police station in Belukurchi police station in Tamil Nadu’s Nammakal district on June 30.

The victim’s parents—Venkateswarlu and Nagaratnamma, who lost their son on a pilgrimage at Tirumala, owed their reunion with the boy to the deity lord Venkateswara Swamy. It may be recalled that the couple refused to go home after Chennakesava went missing and vowed to remain at the temple town until he is traced.

Ashok and Tangyee, who were in a live-in relationship kidnapped the boy so as to make believe Ashok’s parents that they were married and the boy was born to them. Ashok’s father grew suspicious, when Tangyee was offering the child bottled milk at his native village Singanadhapuram and forced them to spill the beans.

It became easy for the Tamil Nadu police to identify the boy and hand him to Tirumala police thanks to a wide publicity given over his missing on wall posters with the images of accused captured by CC cameras installed by the TTD. The police announced Rs 1 lakh on the heads of kidnappers under the heat generated by media.DIG announced cash rewards for police personnel involved in solving the case.

By K Nethaji

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