The "kidnapping" of a 15-year-old boy on Thursday evening kept the district police on their toes for around five hours, but the whole affair in the end turned out to be a "drama" enacted by the youngster to avoid reprimand from his parents and teachers for not doing his homework during summer vacations.
Addressing media persons here on Friday, senior superintendent of police Sukhwant Singh Gill said that Gopal Krishan alias Nannu of Purana Shalla, a Class 10 student of Government Senior Secondary School there, had informed his cousin Happy on his mobile phone that he had been kidnapped by unknown persons in a white Bolero jeep around 7.30pm on Thursday.
Happy in turn informed the police control room about the kidnapping. The youngster is the son of an IRB Constable Om Parkash, posted at Purana Shalla.
Police registered a case and launched an operation led by superintendent of police (detective) Jagjit Singh Saroa in the district to recover the boy. DSP (headquarters) Puran Chand, DSP (special branch) Prabhu Dass, Purana Shalla SHO Jagdish Kumar and Dinanagar SHO Ashok Kumar were part of the search operation.
The SSP said that the police finally recovered the boy from the Dinanagar bus stand around 12.30am on Friday, where he had gone by bus.
Gill said that during questioning, the boy revealed that he feared punishment at the hands of his teachers once the school opened on July 1 since he had not completed his homework in Hindi and Maths. The police officer said that the boy also feared scolding from his parents.
The SSP claimed that the youngster had used a blade to inflict cut marks on his body and even tore his clothes to make the kidnapping story seem convincing. The boy also pretended to be under the influence of some intoxicant.
Asked if the police would take action against the erring youngster for cooking up a kidnapping story, the SSP said that action would be taken as per the law. Meanwhile, police handed over the boy to his parents in the presence of media persons.