Five-year-old Mabusab Sohail Kanake, a resident of Laxmeshwar town in Gadag district in Karnataka, waited inside a hospital while his parents went to collect an OP card to get their son treated for his skin infection. When the parents returned a few minutes later, Sohail was not present where his parents had left him. After searching for Sohail on their own, the parents reportedly went back to Laxmeshwar, without alerting the hospital authorities, reports The New Indian Express.
The incident happened at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hubbali on Wednesday, and a police complaint was filed a day later. However, four days on, the Hubbali police appears to be clueless about Sohail's disappearance and has made little progress in the investigation.
Hubbali Commissioner of Police PH Rane told The News Minute that a case of kidnapping has been filed against unknown persons, but the police is yet to make any headway in the case.
"In a CCTV footage obtained from the hospital, the boy can be seen walking outside with another boy of similar age. Prima facie, we understand that it is a case of negligence by the parents. We are in the process of investigating the case," the Commissioner said.
Since the police view the boy's disappearance as a negligence by his parents, no case has been filed against the hospital authorities, the police said.
"For cases pertaining to the disappearance of a minor, it is standard procedure to file a case of kidnapping, although it is essentially a missing case," the commissioner said.
Meanwhile, KIMS Medical Superintendent Dr. Shivappa Anirushetru told TNIE, â€œWe suspect that someone from outside might have abducted him. Usually auto drivers are found standing in that area. We will check if any of them have a role in it."
According to the report, Sohail's case is the fourth in the series of missing cases reported in the hospital since 2014.
The hospital had made news last week, after a video of four pregnant women being carried on a single stretcher made headlines.