“Last year, we rescued the nephew of a Karnataka minister, who had fled Bidar and come to the Koti area. Now, in our moment of distress, the police there, including the top-brass, helped us,” Mr. Rao added.

The Bidar police, along with cops from Hyderabad, cordoned off suspected areas, searched lodges and visited bus stations, through the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The media in Bidar ran images of the suspected abductor.

“It appears that the suspected abductor was unnerved on seeing her images on television. She abandoned the child at Bidar Government Hospital and fled,” the police official said.

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