Surat: Itâ€™s been three days since one-and-a half -year old Pranshu Shiroya â€“ the son of a Surat-based diamond trader - was kidnapped, but there's still no word on his whereabouts.
While the police claim to be working on specific leads, school children in Surat are praying for the safe return.
"We trust in God and he will surely answer our prayers. Pranshu will come back safely,â€ says a student of Liliyawala School Jaimini Patel.
Agrees Uzma Shaikh, a student of Surantâ€™s Aman School, "It does not matter which religion a child is from, a child is a child. We hope that the culprits are punished."
Police say the investigation is being supervised by the police commissioner and two other deputy commissioners. Though seven persons have been detained for interrogation no arrests have been made so far.
"We are working on certain specific clues, but it is too early to state anything, as it will harm investigation in the case,â€ says Surat City Police Commissioner R M S Brar.
Meanwhile, the 48-hour deadline given to the police by the Patidar community expires on Wednesday night, even as the issue has taken a political turn. But for the Shiroya family, it's a wait that is heart-breaking.