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Cops foil minor’s self-kidnap attempt

Patna, July 7: Desire to earn quick money made 13-year-old Ajay Kumar alias Raja plan his own abduction.

The boy, a Class VII student of Railway High School in Danapur, was recovered late last night by a team led by Patna City superintendent of police Shivdeep Lande from the Basibagi village in the outskirts of the state capital.

Manju Devi, the mother of the boy, claimed to have received a ransom call of Rs 2 lakh to ensure a safe release of the child, the police said today adding that Ajay, along with his two adult friends hatched the plan to get the money.

“The police team conducted successive raids in many places in Bakhtiarpur and Barh based on mobile tower locations. The raids went on for the whole night and the police were successful in recovering the boy. It was found that the boy had planned the abduction himself,” Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Alok Kumar said.

Ajay had left his house at the Medical Colony in the Khagaul area on July 2 after his mother scolded him for his poor academic performance. The boy had told his mother that he wanted to go to Surat in Gujarat and earn a living there by working in the diamond cutting units there.

After he left, Ajay met Subhash, a resident of Basibagi village and quite elder to him. The two then went to Subash’s house and met one Umesh one Umesh, a friend of Subhash.

Police said both Subhash and Umesh, who are married, were into criminal activities and both of them were involved in several cases of extortion and petty crimes in the area.

“It was from here that Ajay and the other two gave two phone calls to Manju Devi stating that Ajay had been abducted and she would have to cough up Rs 2 lakh if they wanted Ajay back in good shape,” the SSP said.

The police added that both Subhash and Umesh are presently absconding and raids are being conducted to nab them.

“The boy was in wrong company. He had even started drinking and smoking and was also involved in petty crimes,” the police said.

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