Barely, a year-old child was reportedly left outside the Swaminarayan temple’s Gaushala in Pethapur by an unidentified person on Friday night. Following this, the Gandhinagar police and other forces undertook a search operation to identify the kid’s parents and the unidentified person who left him. The case was constantly monitored by Gujarat’s MoS for Home Affairs, Harsh Sanghavi.
On Saturday, after around 20 hours of the search operation, the kid’s father was identified along with his wife. They both are nabbed and are being brought to Gandhinagar. Sanghavi informed the press that the CCTV footage and technical analysis helped to identify the accused Sachin Kumar Dixit.
“Sachin Dixit is the father but his wife is not the mother of the child. The identity of the kid’s mother is yet to be learned. He is being brought from Kota with his wife and the police will question him after that,” he said.
The examination of CCTV footage led the police to the car of the unidentified person who left him. The man was seen driving a Santro, the registration of which led to the address of the person and helped identify him. Sachin Dixit works in a private firm in Vadodara and hails from Uttar Pradesh.
Sanghavi, while addressing the press, said that “I have held the kid in my arms and it is really difficult to understand how the parents of the child can leave such a beautiful kid. I have received more than 190 requests for adoption. Several officials, their wives and relatives want to adopt the child.”
Applauding the Gandhinagar police, Sanghavi said, “Even Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has sent his compliments to the police.” He also lauded Gandhinagar corporator Diptiben Patel – who along with his husband looked after the child since he was found, saying that “She has been like Yashoda to the kid.”
Police and the Gandhinagar civil hospital staff refer to the child as “Smit” – which is a Sanskrit word that means ‘divine smile.’