8-yr-old united with father as cops close ‘kidnap’ case

Nagpur: Nandini Sonwane, aged about eight, who had gone missing on November 13 from Khalasi Line in Mohan Nagar, was handed over to her father Dashrath by Sadar police on Monday. Police have now decided to send a final closure report before court in the kidnapping case it had registered following mandatory guidelines of Supreme Court.
Nandini, who used to stay with her grandmother after her parents separated, had walked around 4 kms from Khalasi line to reach a friend’s home near Maharajbagh after leaving home. Her friend’s father was close to Dashrath too so even he did not mind. He later told Dashrath, residing at Alesur village near Nagpur, about his daughter having come to his home. Dashrath, instead of informing the police, kept the daughter with him.

It is learnt Dashrath had married for the second time but had not revealed having a daughter from an earlier marriage to his second wife. As Dashrath got engaged in family feud, Sadar police’s missing person squad comprising head constable Abhijeet Nagose, naik constables Manoj Yadav, Nilesh Shirbhate and Rekha Madavi got tip off about the missing girl.

Senior PI Sunil Bonde of Sadar police station said it was a collective decision of the family and also cops to allow Dashrath to have custody of the daughter as her mother too seems not to be in a position of to take care of her. “The mother did not seem to be safe as custodian as her financial condition is not sound and her habits not conducive for well-being of a child. Even the girl wanted to be with her father,” he said. “We will send a final report to the court stating factual position of the incident,” said Bonde.

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