Bengaluru: Here’s how ‘Upma’ helped solve a toddler ‘Kidnap case’

The accused woman kidnapped the baby from a house at Kalasipalya Saturday morning. The police took her into custody after a woman in the street got suspicious and alerted them.

‘Upma’ helped solve a case

The Bengaluru police on Saturday arrested a woman for allegedly kidnapping a 40-day-old toddler from the Kalasipalya area. The toddler was immediately handed over to the parents who filed a complaint at Kalasipalya police station.


According to the TOI report, Around 12.30 pm on Saturday, C Hemavati, who is 40, was walking back to her Magadi Road residence near Binny Mill with her little son. While crossing Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Metro station, she came across a group of persons watching a woman carrying away an infant (girl).

The child, which is barely 40 days old, was crying and Hemavati grew suspicious. “Being a mother, I quickly realized that the child did not belong to her. The woman’s body language said she had no idea of how to handle an infant. When asked, she said the child was hers. Asked what she fed her, the woman replied “Upma and milk”,” Hemavati told the publication, adding: “Who will feed Upma to a newborn?”

Later, V Nagamma, who is Hemavati’s neighbor, joined the group and rained questions on the suspect. “The woman became furious and shouted back at us,” said Nagamma and added: “Suspecting her to be a child-lifter, I called my neighbors – Balasubramaniyam, Bhopal, and Vishnu.” One of the men dialed the police control room (112) and a patrolling vehicle reached the spot.


“We told police that the woman had kidnapped the child. My cousin Priyanka tried to take the baby from the woman and was thrashed by the suspect. Police shouted at the woman, directing her to hand over the child to us,” Nagamma narrated. The child was rushed to a railway hospital, where doctors checked her and said she was doing fine.

The culprit 

The police identified the accused as Nandini alias Ayesha, a resident of Shivajinagar and a native of Kolar’s Mulbagal. The police took custody of Nandini and discovered that she had kidnapped the baby from the Durgamma temple street in Kalasipalya. The baby was handed over to her mother within a few hours of her kidnap.

Nandini alias Ayesha Asif/ Credits: TOI

According to Indian Express, the toddler’s mother Farheen Begum said in the complaint to the Kalasipalya that she had come to her mother’s house for delivery and was staying there. She said she had slept off in the hall after feeding the baby in the morning and when she woke up, the baby was missing.


After the family approached them in the afternoon, the police alerted the control room, which flashed the message across all police stations in Bengaluru.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Laxman B Nimbargi appreciated the efforts of citizens Balu Subramanian, Bhoopal, Vishnu, Nagamma, and Hemanth, who assisted find the kidnapped baby.