Report By: Nina Rai
May 19, 2011:
Five-year-old Tamanna who had gone missing from Chennai's Marina Beach on May 11 has finally been tracked. She is currently admitted to a local hospital in Chennai for treatment.
Speaking to me over the phone, her fatherAhmed sounding extremely elated informed me that his daughter is safe and sound.
According to him today morning at 8.30 am he received an anonymous call saying that his daughter is in Government General Hospital Complex and that he should go there. However on going there and searching all over he and his family, were unable to trace the baby.
So he reported the matter to the Chennai police who then managed to trace the call to an unmanned phone booth near the Egmore railway station. However, on reaching there the police didn’t find anyone.
On receiving a third call, with the caller claiming that an unidentified girl was indeed seen at the hospital complex, Tamanna's father and his brother again made another trip, where they found that it was indeed their lost child.
I asked him if Tamanna said anything about her disappearance or with whom she had been all these days. He said that his child was still in a "state of shock," so did not ask her any thing but will ask her details after she gets back to her normal self.
Meanwhile the extremely happy father informed that his daughter’s first spoken words to him at the hospital was “Hi Dad.” He says he just cannot express his feelings in words how he felt when he heard her voice and then rushed to meet her.
Syed Noor Ahmed meanwhile has offered his profuse thanks to the public for their support and prayers; the media all over the world; as also the police force in Chennai for their assistance to him and his family in their trying times. He has even promised to comment here on the article, once he gets some free time.
It may be recalled that Tamanna, a five-year-old kindergarten student, had disappeared mysteriously after an outing to the Marina beach with her twin brother, grandmother and mother last Wednesday.
After searching desperately all over the beach, her sobbing mother then filed a police complaint. It only now after eight days that the child has been found apparently fine.
However lots of questions remain unanswered, hopefully we will get answers soon.
Check the police version in the news here:
Police sources are understood to believe that Tamanna case is that of kidnapping. They believe that due to the constant media attention and photos of the child being splashed all over the city, the kidnappers might have got panicky and feared they may be caught.
Hence they may have themselves left Tamanna at the hospital complex to avoid being caught and punished. The family had not received any phone calls asking for ransom, they were in the dark about their daughter's whereabouts since past one week.
Police sources state they are not giving up on this case. 'With whom and where she has been staying for the last one week or whether it is a case of abduction is being probed'', they inform.