Bokaro Public School of which Satyam Sagar is a student. Picture by Pankaj Singh
A 17-year-old student of Bokaro Public School, who stayed at a private hostel to get coached for engineering entrance exams, has been kidnapped, with his parents in Purnea, Bihar, getting ransom calls demanding lakhs for his life.
Satyam Sagar, a Class XI student of the prestigious Sector III school since June 2013, disappeared on September 4. He was supposed to go to his coaching institute in the afternoon, but did not.
A search began for Satyam when the boy did not turn up at night at Annapurna Hostel, Sector IV, where he stayed.
His uncle Gyan Sagar, who came to Bokaro from Hazaribagh to file an FIR at Sector IV police thana on Friday morning, said the parents of Satyam had been getting repeated ransom calls since Thursday early morning.
Satyam’s parents, originally from Hazaribagh’s Bodam Bazar area, are currently based in Purnea as his father Dharma Sagar, a branch manager of Central Bank of India, is posted there.
According to the police, Satyam told his room mate on September 4 that he would go to his coaching institute around 3.45pm.
Around 6.30pm, a friend had called Satyam up to enquire why he did not turn up for his physics coaching class, but got no reply.
Early morning on Thursday, Satyam’s mother suddenly received a call from an unknown mobile number (9525679266), in which the caller asked her for Rs 15 lakh for the “safety of her son”.
In the subsequent call, the unidentified male voice asked the petrified lady for Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 15 lakh.
The caller then added that the parents would be told the modus operandi of the payment in detail and warned Satyam’s mother not to report the kidnap to the police.
Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi has constituted two crack teams to trace the boy based on GPS information sourced from the phone calls.
Sources said the location of the ransom caller was Patna.
Now that 48 hours have passed, tension is mounting at the Purnea home as well as at Sector IV police station in Bokaro.
Though the jittery parents of the boy are not entertaining calls from the media, uncle Gyan Sagar told The Telegraph on Friday evening that ransom calls were continuing. He added that he would not divulge further details fearing the boy’s life.
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