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Desperate Search By World's Oldest Dad, 97, For Kidnapped Toddler Son

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Desperate search by world's oldest dad, 97, for kidnapped toddler son

Police are searching for the toddler son of the world's oldest father who was kidnapped during a hospital visit.

Ramjeet Ragav – who hit the headlines in 2010 when he was awarded the title of world's oldest dad after fathering Vikramjeet at the age of 94 with his wife Shakuntala, 60 – has not has not seen his son Vikramjeet for nearly two months.

Now aged 97, Ramjeet fears he will never see his son again.

He said: "We've been searching for him every day. I feel helpless. He is our first son. We love him dearly. I don't know why or how he has disappeared."

On May 6, his wife travelled to the nearest hospital with Vikramjeet because he had been suffering from a fever.

She fell asleep on a bench inside a busy bus terminal with her son in her arms. But when she woke 15 minutes later, the boy was missing.

"I searched everywhere but there was no trace of him,' she said.

"I started crying and shouting for my son. I begged everyone and anyone for help. A crowd gathered to help, they started looking for him too but we still couldn't find him."

A few hours later, she headed home without her son. When she returned and broke the terrible news to her husband, he was inconsolable.

The devastated family immediately filed a missing persons report with the local police.

investigations have so far proved fruitless and police say there are no suspects in the case.

Officer Balbir Singh, the investigating police officer, said: "We've sent out alerts across the state and circulated the boy's pictures in all the police stations.

"There are no leads or suspects yet but we hope to find him as soon as possible."

Gangs are known to abduct Indian children and traffic them into begging rings or force them to work as servants.

Last October, Ramjeet broke his own record by having second son Ranjeet, now nine months old, when he was 96, with wife Shakuntala, 60.

Photographs of the family were beamed all around the world and images of their small house in the tiny village of Kharkhoda, in Haryana, 64km from the Indian capital of New Delhi.

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