In a bid to acquire money to buy gifts for a girl, a 16-year-old staged his own kidnapping, demanding Rs 10 lakh from his parents.
“He thought this girl rejected him because he came from a middle-class family and the only way to win her was by showering her with expensive gifts,” said Khanderao Patil, senior police inspector of the JJ Marg police station.
But the slip that landed him in a police trap was that he made the ransom calls from his own cellphone. “We traced the call and arrested him and his friends who helped him execute the plan,” said Patil.
“I did not expect my son to go this far. He is mischievous but I am sure this cannot be his plan,” said his 41-year-old mother, a resident of Bohri Mohalla in Byculla. “If he wanted money he could have asked us. If not lakhs, we could give him enough to fulfill his needs.”
On April 2, the boy left home at 10 pm, saying he was going to meet a friend and took clothes in a plastic bag. When he did not return after several hours, his parents tried to call him, but his phone was switched off.
Two days later, his mother received a call saying her son was kidnapped. She received another call on Wednesday.
“When she said the amount was too large, the caller threatened to kill her son,” said inspector Santosh Bagwe.
His parents then approached the police.
The teenager has been sent to the children’s remand home.