Bokaro Public School
Safety of school- and college-going children in the academic hub of Bokaro is giving parents — many of who work elsewhere in the state and country — anxiety pangs.
Close on the heels of a Class VI boy being kidnapped and killed, and two college girls going missing from the steel city, a Class XI student of Bokaro Public School is receiving abduction threats and lewd messages over phone, prompting her family to file an e-complaint with police.
According to the complaint lodged at www.esamadhan.jh.police.gov.in on Tuesday evening, both threat and smut calls are being received on the phone of the 17-year-old girl’s father, a CCL officer based in Dhanbad, for the past fortnight.
The caller categorically mentions the student by her name and knows she travels by school bus. He claims to be smitten by her and vows to whisk her away on her way to the steel city cradle from Chas, where the girl stays with a relative.
One such threat message reads: “Main apki ladki se behad pyar karta hoon aur uske bina jee nahin sakta. Agar woh mujhe nahin milee to uska apharan kar loonga. Kisi bhi keemat par woh mujhe chahiye (I love your daughter and cannot live without her. If I do not get her, I will abduct her. I want her at any cost)”.
Initially, the CCL officer sternly asked the caller to stop bothering him. Later, he even threatened action. But, the messages and calls did not stop. Apprehensive that his daughter was perhaps being stalked, he decided to seek police help.
The City police station received the complaint on Wednesday morning and lodged an FIR (No. 515/2013).
Officer-in-charge Ramod Kumar Singh said they had secured details of the owner of the mobile phone SIM from which the calls were being made.
“Our tracker shows the caller is shuttling between Bokaro steel city and Chas. We will get him soon. Vigil has been stepped up along the 4km Chas-Bokaro route that the teenager takes to go to school. Chas police are also keep an eye on her home. We are pulling out all the stops to ensure her safety,” the City OC said.
Bokaro Public School director Captain R.C. Yadav informed that the targeted teenager was academically sound. She wants to be a doctor and has taken up bioscience for her Plus Two.
On what the premier cradle was doing to prevent an untoward incident, Captain Yadav said 16 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras formed the current surveillance infrastructure on the school campus, while a dozen more would be installed within a few days.
“Our school’s security officers have been instructed not to allow any stranger enter the campus, classroom or playground without proper identification proof. The Class XI student’s father is understandably worried and had contacted me too. We have assured him of her protection on campus. Safety of all our students is our primary responsibility as long as they are in school,” the director said.