‘Used mobile app to call home from international number’
Udaipur : A 16-year-old boy who had cooked up a fake kidnap story, fearing parents may chide him for failing in board examination, was detained by Udaipur police from a train at Nasirabad junction. Police brought the boy to GoverdhanVilas police station where his father had lodged his missing complaint a day ago.
“The boy wasnt abducted, he had appeared in the 10th board examination and he feared failure.Thus to evade a scolding from family, he cooked up a false story” SP Rajendra Prasad Goyal said. The boy’s father Rajesh Pandey had said in the complaint that his son had left home around 3pm on saturday to meet him at his office but he didnt reach there. The family tried to contact and search for him but in vain.They informed the police same night. On Sunday morning, they received a call from the boy’s number however, someone on the other side said that the boy has been kidnapped and would be released if a ransom of 50 Lakh is paid.
“There was no third person involved, the boy had put a handkerchief and modulated his voice to speak in a different tone. He also downloaded a mobile application and called through it to get an international dialling number. When his father said that he could arrange only 3 lakh rupees,the boy agreed” Goyal said. During police investigation, the boy’s mobile location was traced at NewDelhi. CCTV footages from Udaipur railway station showed the boy roaming alone on the platform thus confirming that there were no kidnappers involved behind his missing. A police team was sent to Delhi to locate the boy, however, mobile locations revealed he had boarded the return train to Udaipur. Cops finally detained him on the train at Nasirabad.