Police have rescued a two-year-old boy kidnapped from the city over the weekend and arrested the abductor from Surat.
Arnav Patil was abducted from his aunt’s house allegedly by Shyam Mandal (25) in suburban Malad on Saturday, police said.
According to the victim’s mother, she used to work with Shyam at a hospital in Goregaon five years back, where they became friends, a police officer said.
However, she broke friendship with Shyam over some dispute and also blocked his mobile number about 15 days back, he said.
On Saturday, Shyam went to the toddler’s mother’s house and had a heated argument with her, the official said, adding later that evening, the boy was kidnapped from his aunt’s house.
Acting on a complaint filed by the victim’s mother, police launched a manhunt for Shyam.
During investigation it came to the fore that he had fled to Surat. A team of Malwani Police, where the complaint was filed, went to the diamond city and tracked down Shyam yesterday, the officer said.
The policemen rescued Arnav from the abductors clutches and reunited him with his mother later in the day.
The accused was arrested and booked for kidnapping, he said, adding a probe was on to find out the motive behind the crime.