Three teenaged boys, aged between 14 and 16 years, who had gone missing from their respective Malad homes earlier this month were located by the police recently.
While two of the missing boys were traced to Pune, the third, who reportedly ran away from home as he did not want to study, was found in Dadar. Police said that the two who were in Pune had procured jobs and were working there. The three were found on Tuesday.
The boys had gone missing on February 7, sparking fears that they had been kidnapped.
The police had kept tabs on their mobile phones, but the boys kept switching them off. They later found that the three had taken their clothes with them and were also in touch with their friends. Police then suspected that three, who were known to each other, had run away together.
“After it came to light that the boys had taken their clothes along, we realised that they had not been kidnapped, but had planned to run away,” said senior inspector S Dafle, of Kurar police station. After checking their phone records, police found that Rinku was in Dadar, while the other two were in Pune, and were not together, as was earlier assumed.
The Kurar police, who had formed special teams to trace the teenagers, finally found Rinku near the Dadar railway station on Tuesday. “He told us that he was bored of studying and had hence had run away from home. He had been going to different parts of the city over the last two weeks,” said a police officer.
The police team that went to to Pune found that the other two had secured jobs in hotels there. One of them had reportedly had a disagreement with his mother over joining new tuition classes, after which he ran away with the other teen, his friend, an officer said.