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Mother reaches out for Maisha at Khilgaon Police Station. The seven-month-old was abducted on Saturday night and found in Mirpur yesterday. Photo: Amran Hossain
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A seven-month-old baby reunites with parents as kidnappers change their minds.

Maisha, abducted Saturday night, was found inside the gate of a house at Mirpur Paikpara in the capital, ending a 16-hour anxious wait of the family.

She was wearing a white vest, on which was a hand-written note. Along with the mobile phone number of her uncle, it read “Take the baby to Khilgaon Police Station.”

The kidnappers also left with her a feeding bottle half-filled with milk.

Witnesses told The Daily Star that the baby, wrapped in a towel, was crying and sometimes sucking on the bottle.

Mobasshira Alam Maisha is the only child of Shah Alam and Khaleda Begum.

Apart from abducting her, a gang of five youths also took away Tk 1.5 lakh and 20 tolas of gold ornaments from the Khilgaon residence of Alam, a bank employee.

On Saturday around 7:15pm, there was a knock on the flat's door, said the baby's uncle, Humayun Kabir, who shares a flat in the same building with Maisha's parents.

As he opened, thinking it was Maisha's father, five youths in jeans and carrying sharp weapons burst into the room.

They tied the hands of Humayun, his wife and four kids, Maisha's mother and a minor domestic help with ropes and blindfolded all.

The robbers asked the family to pay a ransom of Tk 20 lakh within a week “to see Maisha alive” and left around 8:15pm. Before leaving, they wanted to know the uncle's mobile phone number.

Humayun gave out the number to the gang, which had gagged all the residents of the house but him.

The parents informed the matter to law enforcers and waited for the call from the kidnappers, to no avail.

Kazi Wazed Ali, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station, told this correspondent that Fazila Khatun, a forty-year-old maid, first saw Maisha when she came out of the ground floor of a four-storey building at South Paikpara, hearing a baby crying yesterday noon.

The woman cooks in a student mess of the building. She drew attention of others and inquired if the baby belonged to anybody around there.

The onlookers noticed the writing on the white vest of the girl.

Mohammad Rubel, a Paikpara resident, said as somebody dialled the number written on the baby's vest, Humayun received the call and came along with Maisha's father to the spot.

Police, who already arrived on information, handed over the baby to her father, said Kazi Wazed.

The father, uncle and the baby then went to Khilgaon Police Station, where Maisha finally reunited with her mother Khaleda Begum.

Detective Branch of police interrogated Fazila yesterday.

After the return of the girl to her parents, several hundred people thronged Shah Alam's house to have a glimpse of her. Most of them shot pictures of the baby on their mobile phones.

Khaleda Begum said the white vest and the feeding bottle do not belong to them.

“It's like I'm in a dream,” she said, when asked how it feels to get back her daughter.

The mother was in tears.

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A true example of the fact that the prayer of the mothers do not go waste.

: zabi

really touching!I hope the baby lives a healthy and happy life ahead.

: jarin


  • nrb
    Monday, April 23, 2012 03:06 AM GMT+06:00 (391 weeks ago)

    These animals must br caught and given severe punishment.

  • mohinul
    Monday, April 23, 2012 05:35 AM GMT+06:00 (391 weeks ago)

    Look at the picture, how mother and daughter look each other,its the ultimate beauty of our life,thanks to police and media.

  • Aminur Rahman
    Monday, April 23, 2012 07:55 AM GMT+06:00 (391 weeks ago)

    The nicest scene really brings me at ease. It was quite impossible to bear such a loss for any parents.

  • Moniruzzaman
    Monday, April 23, 2012 08:05 AM GMT+06:00 (391 weeks ago)

    Victory of humanity: A great relief for the nation.

  • md. Musfikur Rahman
    Monday, April 23, 2012 09:39 AM GMT+06:00 (391 weeks ago)

    The news has made me more than happy. What a cute baby! So, it is true that no one is safe from the hands of the kidnappers. We are really very helpless.





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