Karthik, his wife Subbama and their three-year-old daughter Pavithra came to the city a few years ago with the hope of earning enough for three square meals a day . Since they did not have enough money , they were staying on the pavement of New Avadi Road near the water tank.
On Monday night, due to the mosquito menace, they slept beneath a bus shelter, a few meters away from the spot where they usually stayed.
“Around midnight, I woke up and saw my child sleeping beside my wife. But early in the morning, she was missing,” said Karthik.
The couple called for help and searched for the missing child. Their panic increased after some people told them that the child was kidnapped for a sacrifice. Karthik finally landed up at the Ayanavaram police station to file a complaint.
“Being a three-year-old, she could not have gone anywhere. We suspect someone might have kidnapped her,” he said.
“We have registered a case. We have sent alerts to the Koyambedu police and also to all railway stations. We hope to rescue the girl soon,” said an investigating officer in the Ayanavaram station.