NEW DELHI: Six days after an eight-year-old girl was abducted by her father, a US citizen, and grandmother from a posh Delhi hotel to Nepal, the Interpol on Thursday issued a yellow notice for the girl.
A yellow notice is a global police alert for a missing person. Interpol issues this notice for victims of parental abductions, criminal abductions (kidnappings), or unexplained disappearances.
The minor girl was abducted by her father Karan Goel and grandmother Jasleen Goel with the help of three US citizens from Hyatt Residency Hotel in Delhi’s Aerocity on April 15. They took her to Nepal via road on April 16.
On April 17, a case of kidnapping was registered at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport police station on the complaint of her mother Kanika Goel.
The matter came to light after Kanika approached the Delhi High Court alleging the abduction of her daughter.
In her complaint, Kanika alleged that as per the High Court order, she had led the girl to her father and grandmother at Hyatt Hotel on April 13. The booking at the hotel was till April 18.
“As per the court orders, she was constantly in touch with me via the cell phone I had given her. My last call with my daughter was at 9 pm on April 15 and I have not been able to contact her as her phone was not reachable,” Kanika stated in her complaint.
She further said that even her father and grandmother’s cell phones have been not reachable since the night of April 15.
“On not being able to contact my daughter, I reached the hotel on April 16 and seek assistance to speak to my daughter. However, they were not in the hotel as informed by the staff, but had also not checked out. Then I called the police for assistance,” she alleged.
She further said, “Due to police intervention, we were able to see hotel CCTV footage, which showed that Karan and Jasleen picked up my daughter at 10.45 pm on April 15 and they have not returned to the hotel since then and are completely untraceable,” the complaint read.
“On further inquiry from the police, it has come to our knowledge that Karan along with her mother has crossed the Indo-Nepal through Banbassa on the morning of April 16,” she said in her complaint.
Earlier, a close family member of Kanika told The New Indian, “Kanika is fighting to take custody of her daughter who is being illegally being taken to the US by her father and grandmother.”
According to the family, the Delhi High Court, while hearing Kanika’s plea, categorically observed that the father has violated the visitation orders and submitted the wrong passport.
The girl was in the sole custody of the mother, Kanika, for the last 6 years, the family said.
“We can hear the girl cry ‘I want my mother. She doesn’t know her father. Will the Nepal authorities and Indian authorities hear the poor girl’s cries,” asks one of her family members of Kanika.
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