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Four missing boys spotted in Allahabad

According to the police the four are all students of St Fransis School in Malad and were very close friends, reports Megha Sood.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 20:31 IST
Megha Sood

He left house saying that he was going to attend his tuition classes but did not return. I am afraid that someone must have kidnapped him and will kill him just like the Nithari killings," said Suresh Keshwani, complainant and father of one of the boys, who went missing.

It has been three days since the Kurar police are looking for four tenth standard boys who have gone missing from Malad east. The four, all residents of Tanaji Nagar in Kurar had left their houses on Tuesday morning to go to their tuition classes but had not returned still.

The four, identified as Pawan Shankar Prabhu (16), Anshul Kumar Keshwani (16), Dhanesh Shukla (16) and Abdul Aziz Sharif (15) are all students of St Fransis School in Malad and were very close friends, police say.

According to PI Vilas Joshi, from Kurar police station, the four had left their houses at 7.00 am together and did not return at their usual time so their parents approached the police and lodged a missing complaint. But after investigations the police believe that the four might have run away on their own.

"We have questioned the parents and the neighbours and the friends of the four boys and found that the four had not gone to the tuition classes at all. It appears that the four had planned to meet on Tuesday morning and bunk classes. They did not have a huge amount with them," said Joshi.

"Till today we were just suspecting that the four boys might have run away but to clarify our doubt on Friday we got a call from a resident of Allahabad that he had met the four boysand they were asking for money since they had used all of theirs. We have contacted the person and he also told us that the boys had given him numbers of their houses saying that he could ask for the money from their parents," Joshi said.

"The four are quite old and it is not easy to kidnap the four together. Parents of none of the boys have received ransom calls so it indicates that they must have gone for a picnic and will return once they feel like," added Joshi.

But when contacted parents of the boys said that their kids could not do anything of this sort.

"Pawan is a very simple boy. He has no bad habits and is extremely obedient. My son couldn't have run away because there was no reason for him to take such a step. He must have been brainwashed by his friends," said Shankar Prabhu, Pawan's father.

First Published: Feb 09, 2007 20:31 IST