In Bihar, the police seem to believe in catching them young. A six-year-old boy Guddu, a class II student, has been charged with kidnapping a 10-year-old boy. He figures with his father Mahesh Bhagat and four others in an FIR, which says they abducted Ashok Kumar from Karanpur village.
Ashok's father, Kishori Bhagat, lodged a complaint in court against Guddu and five others. Despite Guddu being a minor, the court ordered the Bochahan police to register the FIR against the six accused and investigate.
Guddu and Ashok are learnt to have gone to Kakrahachak village on July 1 to meet their relatives.
Guddu returned home the same night but Ashok did not. His parents suspect Guddu had a hand in his disappearance.
Officer-in-charge of Bochahan police station, R P Gupta said he had registered the FIR on the court's orders against Guddu, Mahesh Bhagat, Rajendra Bhagat, Bindeshwar Bhagat, Bikao Bhagat and Kalpatia Devi.
Gupta said they would also investigate if the complaint is the result of past enmity between the two families.
Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhagat has alleged police harassment. He met DIG (Tirhut range) Gupteshwar Pandey said the investigating officer was reported to be "under pressure" to make arrests in the case.
The DIG said he had asked Muzaffarpur SP R Sanjay to inquire into the case. He added the police had been left with no option but to investigate the case thoroughly as the FIR was lodged on the orders of the court.