When two 14-year-old boys didn’t return home from their Colaba school on Wednesday, their parents searched for them from pillar to post, eventually going the cops. After spending a sleepless night, they found their children at the Churchgate station the next day and learnt that the two, who had been pulled up at school the previous day, had decided not to come home as they were afraid of being scolded by their parents too.
On Wednesday, the two Class 9 students of a convent school in Colaba had been scolded by their teacher for turning up late for class. The teacher then confiscated their school bags and told them to go back home and explain to their parents what happened.
Afraid they would be scolded by their parents too, the children decided against going home and went on a tour of the city instead, they told the police after they were found.
For nearly 14 hours, they were out alone in the city. They first roamed around south Mumbai, where they stay. Eventually, they reached the Churchgate station and travelled ticketless to Bandra. They decided to see the ongoing Bandra fair. Eventually, tired and out of ideas, the two decided to spend the night at the Bandra station. On Thursday morning, the boys boarded the train back to Churchgate, where the father of one of the boy’s saw them.
“The children were in their school uniforms throughout. They spent the night at the Bandra station near some cops, who were taking rest there,” said sub-inspector Sandeep Narsale of the Colaba police station.
Meanwhile, their families, after frantically searching for them in the neighbourhood and at school, approached the Colaba police early on Thursday . “Once the parents registered their complaint, a case was registered under section 363 [kidnapping] of the IPC and investigations were ordered,” said Rameshwar Supale, senior inspector, Colaba police. As the two have been found, the police file a closure report in the case.