In a scene straight out of a Bollywood movie, a 17-year-old ran from home and staged his own kidnapping, all to avoid pursuing engineering.
After roaming around Mumbai and living on vada pavs, the teenager returned home on Thursday after two days, said the police.
According to the police, the Kalyan resident who studies in Birla College said his parents were forcing him to opt for engineering, while he wanted to do his graduation in science. He has secured 60% in his HSC (science) exams.
The Thane Government Railway Police (GRP) recorded the statement of the boy and his parents on Friday, after which the sequence of events were unfolded.
On July 7 around noon, the boy along with his father left home to go check the admission list at a Thane- based engineering college. After getting down at Thane station, the boy who was walking behind his father sneaked away, said the police.
“We searched for him the whole day, after which we approached the GRP,” said a close family member.
The next day, the family was in for a shock when they received a call from the boy who claimed he has been kidnapped and kept in an isolated and dangerous place, said the police.
“We were scared, as after the call he switched off his mobile phone,” said the family member.
The Thane GRP then started tracing the mobile number of the boy. “We traced the mobile phone of the victim boy and found that the he was roaming around between Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and CST areas. But as he use to switch off the cell phone the exact location was not been traced,” said a police officer.
On Thursday, the boy called his family again and said he was coming back home, much to the joy of his parents.
His parents and relatives gathered at Kalyan station to welcome him back.
The boy told the police that he had Rs 60 on him when he had ran away and used to live on two vada pavs a day. He used to roam around in local trains between CST and Vikhroli to pass time.
“The father claims that his eldest daughter is pursuing engineering and that he wanted his son to do the same. But he claims that the boy never told him that he was not interested in the field. His parents claimed they had never forced the boy to opt for engineering,” said an officer from Thane GRP.