It was a joyride they could have well avoided.
On Wednesday, two teenagers were detained when they were moving around in Connaught Place in Central Delhi on a stolen motorcycle.
Belonging to affluent and educated families, one of the boys had stolen a neighbour's motorcycle in Okhla for fun, police said.
The boys — both 16-years-old — were detained when the Delhi Traffic Police was carrying out a special drive in the wake of series of robberies committed by bike-borne men in the past fortnight.
Underage driving is a big problem in Delhi and in many accidents, juveniles were found to be involved.
In the past four days alone, 6,000 motorcyclists have been prosecuted for various kinds of offences and more than 20,000 bikers have been checked.
The duo ran out of luck when a traffic police constable chased and stopped them and asked them to produce valid documents.
One of the bikers is the son of a senior administrative employee in Kendriya Vihar, while the other is the son of a railway officer, police said.
"When we detained them and asked their parents about the motorcycle, they feigned ignorance and said that they were not aware that their sons used to roam around the city like this. They used to hide the bike at a friend's place at night," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The juveniles went to a mechanic shop and adjusted a fake number plate in place of the original one to avoid being detained.
The motorcycle was stolen on December 24. "We detained them as they looked too young to drive," said the officer.
Police said they were keeping a check on "young men" on bikes as part of the drive.
"We are specially checking men on bikes who are riding with a pillion. In all the incidents of snatchings and robberies reported in the past fortnight, the involvement of bike-borne men was found. On an average, we are prosecuting 1,800 motorcyclists a day and have impounded 6,000 vehicles," said the officer.
Police said the drive will continue atleast till the Republic Day functions are over.