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Tale of a ‘kidnap' drama; boy baffles the police

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“Enquiry with people did not corroborate with his narration”

The residents of one of the thickly-populated streets in Karimedu here were shocked on Friday night when they heard that a 12-year-old boy of their locality had been “kidnapped.”

Though his return to home within a couple of hours evoked a sigh of relief for the parents and neighbours, the narration of the “kidnap” in a car by “Hindi-speaking” persons sent shivers of fear down their spines. An oral complaint was made with the Karimedu police. A woman, one of the neighbours, was visibly moved when she narrated the incident. “He is the only son to their parents … that too was born after 11 years of their marriage,” she said. The father is working in a State Government department and mother is a teacher with a private school. Recalling the boy's narration of the “abduction,” the woman said that the “kidnappers” had gagged him with plaster and dumped him on the road after reaching Nagamalai Pudukottai.

The narration goes on like this. The boy, studying in 6 standard in a school in Nagamalai Pudukottai, was returning home on his bicycle at around 6.45 p.m. after Hindi tuition. He was knocked down by a car. Even as he was trying to get up, a few men pushed him into the car and sped away.

The boy was noticed at Nagamalai Pudukottai by the husband of the mother's colleague and she informed the parents about him over phone, following which the family members brought him home. On Saturday morning, friends and relatives kept visiting the parents and the boy at their residence.

“The boy is in a state of shock. He is sleeping,” is all that the parents could say about the incident. However, when the city police began their enquiry, it all turned out to be a ‘drama.' “It is all nothing but imagination of the boy and there was no kidnap,” the Commissioner of Police, P. Kannappan, said. The Deputy Commissioner (Law and Order) R. Thirunavukkarasu, and the Assistant Commissioner of Police A. Ganesan, made enquiries with the parents on Saturday morning. “Enquiry with the people around ‘scene of kidnap' did not corroborate with the boy's narration,” Mr. Ganesan, said. The Commissioner said that the bicycle, which was said to be knocked down by the car in Karimedu area, was found in-tact at the school in Nagamalai Pudukottai. “How did the cycle go there?” Mr. Kannappan posed. The school watchman has confessed to have secured bicycle found near the school.

Mr. Kannappan said that the boy had cycled his way to Nagamalai Pudukottai to seek his friend's help in completing homework/assignment which he was supposed to submit on Monday. Since it was late in the evening, he could not locate his friend's house and landed in the house of his mother's colleague. Fearing that his parents would scold him for having gone so far in the bicycle without their knowledge, he weaved a story with all his imagination, he added.

The boy, probably, would have picked up the idea of “Hindi-speaking kidnappers” and the “DL” (for Delhi) in the number plate of the “vehicle” from newspaper and television reports on the recent incidents of bank robberies and encounter in Chennai, he said.

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