An 11-year-old boy staged his own kidnap drama on Sunday in a bid to avoid writing a tough English test in school a day later. In the end, the Class VI student’s efforts failed as he had to blurt out the truth before interrogators and also sit for the test on Monday.
The boy, who hails from a middle-class family in Ghatkopar (W), decided to fake his own abduction after being inspired by a detective serial he saw on television on Saturday.
According to the Ghatkopar police, the boy revealed that he feared failing in the exam because he had not completed the revision. As he did not want to be scolded by his father, he decided to cook up a story and buy time. As things turned out, his plan left the cops on their toes on Sunday before finally managing to find him and get to the bottom of the matter.
Around 9.30am on Sunday, the boy left his home on the pretext of going to a tuition class. “Around 11am, he called up his mother from a public booth and claimed that he was hiding in Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar (E), after
managing to escape from the clutches of four masked men. He said the four men had kidnapped him from the main road and taken him in a car,” said Ghatkopar police senior inspector C V Zendekar.
After the boy’s parents got in touch with the cops, additional commissioner of police (east region) Quaiser Khalid ordered senior officers to skip their Sunday plans and track down the “victim”. “The matter was dealt with seriously after the boy’s parents lodged a complaint, saying four men had kidnapped their son in broad daylight,” Khalid told TOI on Monday.
The Ghatkopar police looked for the boy for three hours before finally finding him in the Pant Nagar locality around 2pm.
“Initially, he confidently replied to our queries,” said Zendekar. On further interrogation, the cops realized that the boy had cooked up the story. “After gaining confidence, the boy told us that he had not completed his English studies. He had failed in the last exam and feared a repeat this time as well. His father had changed his tuition class and scolded him then. He wanted to avoid sitting for the exam,” added Zendekar. The boy also told the cops that he got admitted to Class VI in a new school.
The police later counselled the student’s father and said they had not told his son anything about the complaint. They also asked the father not to shout at the child.
The boy appeared for the test on Monday after going through counselling.