(EDS: replacing word in headline and 1st para) Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 29 (PTI): A 18-month-old baby from Maharashtra was stolen by a man in Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, a police official said Saturday. Also Read - Against All Odds: The Inspirational Journey of Karnataka’s First Trans-woman Doctor

The baby was taken away from his parents while they were sleeping in an open area before offering prayers on the hill shrine on Friday morning, superintendent of police KKN Anburajan told mediapersons here. Also Read - Karnataka to Get New CM? State BJP Chief Clears Air

Based on a complaint from the baby’s parents, police registered a case and examined the footage of CCTVs which showed the boy being carried away by a man wearing a monkey cap. Also Read - Karnataka Not To Reopen Schools, Pre-University Colleges in December

Police teams have been sent toAndhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka to catch the abductor and rescue the baby.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.