Missing Delhi teenager found in Srinagar with the help of Facebook
Officers who tracked the teenager for over five months said they had social networking site Facebook to thank for it.delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2016 23:11 IST
The crime branch helped reunite a 17-year-old boy who fled his home in north-east Delhi, with his parents. He was traced after a year-and-a-half from Dalal Mohalla in Srinagar.
Officers who tracked the teenager for over five months said they had social networking site Facebook to thank for it. Police said the boy’s father approached them, saying his son was missing since May 8 and that he might have been kidnapped. An FIR was lodged in the case.
About four months ago, a relative told the police that the missing teenager was on Facebook and had chatted with him.
The boy, however, refused to reveal his location and said he fled his home because of repeated beatings from his parents.
A police officer then wrote to Facebook seeking details of the IP address from where the teenager used the network. Facebook replied to the police saying a mobile phone was used to access the site.
By the time police could zero-in on the location, the teenager stopping using that phone.
An investigating officer said, “He was not a regular Facebook user, but a few days ago he logged into the network. We wrote to Facebook and got the IP address. Our team immediately identified his location in Srinagar and rescued him on July 6,” said an investigating officer.
The teenager told the police that he was beaten by his father, who always came home drunk. He said that after leaving home, he stayed in Delhi for some months and worked in hotels and shops. About six months ago, he left for Srinagar with a friend who promised him a job there.
In Srinagar, he worked at a grocery store. Recently, he started delivering newspapers at Dalal Mohalla in Srinagar.