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Abductions make Golden Temple authorities worried

8-month-old boy abducted recently, cops yet to trace accused
Abductions make Golden Temple authorities worried
Several abductions have been reported over the years from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. File photo

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 9

Several abductions in the Golden Temple over the years have left the residents as well as SGPC authorities worried. The latest case wherein a woman took away an eight-month-old, the identity of the abductor is yet to be established.

The toddler, Aditya, was abducted from the holy shrine complex on Thursday. The child’s mother, Pooja Devi, a migrant, had been living at Sri Guru Ram Dass Niwas along with her four kids for 15 days after a dispute with her husband. She had met the abductor around a week before the incident. She befriended her and her kids before taking the boy away.

Police authorities said the investigation was under way. “We are looking into all possible theories behind the kidnapping,” said JS Walia, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police.

In February this year, a four-year-old child, Damanpreet Singh, was kidnapped by an unknown woman from the shrine. Simarjit Kaur, mother of the victim, hails from Kayampur village in Ajnala and has three children — Kamalpreet Kaur (10), Kajalpreet Kaur (6) and Damanpreet Singh (4).

Six days after the incident, the boy was found abandoned at the Jalandhar bus stand. Though he was reunited with his family, the police haven’t been able to trace the woman till now.

In June 2016, a woman had taken away a five-year-old boy, Vishu, from the complex. Kulwinder Kaur, alias Radhika, along with her husband Rajan and three children, had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on June 14 from Jalandhar. As they proceeded towards the langar hall (community kitchen), Vishu went missing in the crowd. Three days later, the couple had returned the boy and surrendered before the police.

They had claimed innocence and said that the boy was alone and they tried to locate his family but failed.

In June 2013, Gurmilap Singh (3) was kidnapped from the shrine complex. A day later, the alleged kidnappers had left them near the city shrine.

ADCP JS Walia said that in the incidents occurred till now, there was no angle of involvement of unscrupulous elements or some kind of gang. “Sometimes women having no child take away children from the shrine,” he said, adding that people were also found negligent in such cases.

Jaswinder Singh Deenpur, manager, Golden Temple, said that it was worrisome and complex issue. “Whenever we take steps to impose restrictions on such elements, people raise objections,” he said, adding that the SGPC had installed high-definition CCTV cameras on the shrine premises. He said repeated incidents had made the authorities concerned.

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