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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

Out for fun ride, 2 minor brothers keep Himachal cops on toes for 12 hrs

The duo told parents that they were going out for Janmashtami celebrations but took a train to Pathankot, police said.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2019 12:25 IST
Naresh K Thakur
Naresh K Thakur
Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
Amid ‘child-lifting’ rumours , photos of the missing were circulated on social media, nakas were laid across the district and cops in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir were alerted.
Amid ‘child-lifting’ rumours , photos of the missing were circulated on social media, nakas were laid across the district and cops in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir were alerted.(PTI / Representational Photo )
         

Two brothers, aged 16 and 9, who went missing on Saturday evening from their home in a village in Fatehpur subdivision of Himachal’s Kangra district, kept cops, parents and villagers on toes the whole night.

While dozens of policemen and locals frantically searched for the minors in nearby areas, along rivulets, lakes and border areas, the ‘carefree’ duo took rides on buses and trains travelling across states.

After an expansive search operation of over 12 hours, the officers were relieved when a truck driver spotted the boys at Bharmar railway station, just 15 kilometers from their home, and informed the family. The driver kept the boys in safe custody till the police reached the spot and handed over the kids to the family.

The boys, who were last seen at home on Saturday morning, had given their parents a ‘plausible reason’ to be out for Janmashtmi festivities being organised in the village market, Kangra senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vimukt Ranjan said.

However, as they didn’t return home till late evening, the worried parents lodged a complaint at Fatehpur police station.

A case of kidnapping was registered and a massive search was launched.

Amid ‘child-lifting’ rumours , photos of the missing were circulated on social media, nakas were laid across the district and cops in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir were alerted. Nurpur and Dehra deputy superintendents of police also rushed to Fatehpur.

“Announcements were made on public address systems and relatives and friends were contacted,” SSP Ranjan said. As the night bore down, searches were intensified as cops and villagers explored every possible area before the boys were spotted by a truck driver in the morning.

They just wanted a fun ride: SSP

“During the counselling, the boys narrated the whole story of their overnight journey that makes for a sort of adventure trip. They just wanted a fun ride,” the SSP said.

The elder one had taken Rs 700 from home without knowledge of his parents. Instead of joining the Janamashtmi celebration, the duo decided to take a bus to Rehan, a small town near their village.

They then walked for 4kms to reach Bharmar railway station, boarded a train to Pathankot and reached the city at around 3pm.

Continuing with their ‘adventure trip’, they boarded another train and reached Jammu at 8pm.

Thereafter, the boys decided to return home and boarded a train to Pathankot and subsequently Bharmar.

At 6pm, the duo was waiting for a bus to Nurpur from Bharmar when they were spotted by a truck driver who had seen their missing post on social media sites.

“They have been reunited with the family after conducting medical examination,” the SSP said.

Similar incidents, involving two brothers and a girl, were reported in Una district last week.