Mumbai: The Nagpada police arrested a 52-year-old video parlour owner for employing a minor who was missing from his hometown in Uttar Pradesh since the last five months.
The accused, Naseeruddin Shaikh, was arrested for wrongful restraint, unlawfully employing a minor and criminal intimidation. He was produced before the Mazgaon court and released on bail. Cops said the minor went missing in August last year from Uttar Pradesh. “I looked for him everywhere, but in vain,” the boy’s mother told the Nagpada police. A missing complaint was registered with the UP police.
“On February 22, I received a call from one of my neighbours that my son was in Mumbai. I came to the city with my elder son. We are unfamiliar with areas in Mumbai and sought the help of local social workers and politicians,” the boy’s mother told cops. She added, “When we went to the video parlour, Shaikh did not allow us to take him back. He demanded that Rs 70,000 be paid to him before we take our son back. We then approached the police here.”
The police raided the video parlour and arrested Shaikh. “We have to find out whether the boy was kidnapped or came to Mumbai on his own. Our probe is on. We have sent the child to the Dongri juvenile remand home,” said an officer from the Nagpada police. Cops are questioning Shaikh regarding his demand for money.
The Times of India, February 29, 2012