Here’s a brave one. What do you do when you spot your stolen bicycle in a market? You go after the thief ! That’s what a bunch of kids aged between nine and 12 did.
Nine-year-old Gurshan Singh’s bicycle went missing from the government flats near Dugri Canal Bridge three days ago, when he and his friend Tushar Sood were visiting another friend’s place for a round of computer games. Gurshan parked the bicycle near the stairs, only to find it missing when it was time to return home.
On Wednesday, as luck would have it, Gurshan’s friends Tushar, 10, and Anmol Singh Grewal, 9, spotted the stolen bike on a road near their residence. That is when the adrenaline rush kicked in. Tushar and Anmol chased the ‘thieves’ and nabbed them at the dargah near CRPF Colony, Urban Estate.
Tushar and Anmol were shocked to find two teenagers riding the stolen bicycle near CRPF colony. Tushar was skating nearby, and immediately raised an alarm. He, along with Anmol, immediately started running behind the ‘thieves’ to catch them.
“Tushar and I stopped the duo and asked them to return the bike. They threatened us and asked us to go back. One of us held the handle of the bicycle and the other got into a tussle with one of the boys. Soon after that, they fled leaving the bike behind,” said Class 5 student Anmol.
Tushar said he identified the bicycle from the signs made on it by Gurshan’s grandfather. He said they did not even think twice before rescuing the bicycle that belonged to their friend.
Relieved on getting his bicycle back, Gurshan said “The tape on the cycle was intact and so was the wire my grandfather had tied around it for identification. I have now removed the paint that the abductors had put on it. I am very thankful to my friends.” Surinder Kaur, Gurshan’s mother thanked Tushar and Anmol for their courage and presence of mind. She said they had looked for the cycle all over the place. The family did not lodge a police complaint when the cycle went missing three days back. Ramesh Srivastava, president of NGO Samaj Sewa Society and a neighbour said they never approached the police because such complaints were largely ignored.