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Boys hatch D-catch plan, back out

Patna, Feb. 3: Trigger kheech, mamla mat kheech” (Pull the trigger, don’t pull the matter).

Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor, who had easily slipped into the character India’s most-wanted man — Dawood Ibrahim — had fearlessly said these words to Captain Rudra Pratap Singh, played by Bollywood hunk Arjun Rampal, after the latter catches him and points a gun at his head in the critically acclaimed film D-Day released last year.

Like Rampal, three students of city-based St. Michael’s School, too, didn’t quite want to pull any trigger but just bring Dawood back to India.

A day after the plot was disclosed the Patna police today explained the modus operandi. The boys wanted to move around and form a group of around 30-40 youngsters who could help them in their task.

“They were heavily inspired by the film D-Day. In the movie, some intelligence officers from India go to Pakistan to bring back a character called Iqbal Seth alias Goldman, who has a striking resemblance to fugitive criminal Dawood Ibrahim. All these Class IX students basically wanted to make some money and had done some research on the internet,” Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said.

They found out that Dawood had a $25million reward on his head.

India’s most wanted also figures in the most wanted list of the FBI and the Indian government has been talking time and again about bringing him back to the country.

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had created a flutter last month when he said as per information before the Centre, Dawood was in Pakistan and India was amid talks with the US to nab him.

Another police officer said: “The grandmother of one of these boys lives in Karachi. The three boys, who showed little interest in studies, wanted to make a fast buck. On January 31, they left home for school but never entered the campus. They, instead, went to Mokama on the outskirts of Patna and boarded a train to Calcutta. But then, they apparently developed cold feet, realising that the job was not as easy as it seemed when they had set out. So, they returned by the same train to Patna.”

A missing diary had been lodged in Patna on the evening of February 1. The mystery was cracked after the families reported that the children had returned.

The boys had found what the internet told them was the house that belonged to Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan. They had carefully studied the map and planned to enter the compound to catch him.

But the house turned out to be the Abbottabad residence of al Qaida’s face Osama Bin Laden, which US forces stormed to capture him in 2011.

The police dismissed the fact that the boys had knocked on the doors of a JD(U) MLA to ask him to fund the operation.

“The police were concerned about their safety as it could have been a kidnapping case, too, and a special team had been formed for their recovery. Though more information should not be given out, as they are minors, they had planned to form an entire team of 30 to 40 youngsters. After capturing Dawood, their plan was to divide the reward money among themselves and live a lavish life,” SSP Maharaaj said.

The top cop further said: “Parents should take care of their children all the time and should know what activities they are into. Negligence of children can prove very serious,” Maharaaj said.