17-year-old lies to ‘please’ parents
Parteek Bajwa (17) was believed to have flown to the US on May 30 on a chartered flight sponsored by President Barack Obama.Updated: Jun 06, 2010 23:13 IST
But investigation by Hindustan Times showed that he had been to Shimla.
On May 28, Bajwa told HT that the Guinness Book of World Records had adjudged him the “youngest microbiologist in the world”. The “documents” were all there. And he was “going to the US” on a special project on “increase human longevity”.
Subsequently on June 5, on his supposed return from the US, he claimed he had been offered the post of senior microbiologist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the US with a daily wage of Rs 1.65 lakh.
However, he was to get the job after he turned 18. That’s where he gave the game away. On being asked to show his passport he said he had none. How did he go to the US then? With “special permission” from Obama.
For travelling to Shimla, HT found he rented a BMW car with a VIP number from Chandigarh, that too by posing as an official from the office of the Haryana governor.
Cabman Sukhi, who drove Parteek to Shimla, said he was instructed not to reveal anything to Bajwa’s family and tell them that the car had been sent by the governor’s office.
“Maybe the boy made up the story to extract money from his parents,” said a senior police official when informed about the matter.
But when Hindustan Times pressed him, Bajwa, who indeed stood seventh in the Armed Forces Medical College Exam, said he gave out such stories to make his parents happy.
First Published: Jun 06, 2010 23:06 IST