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Missing teen back home

The DAV-Bariatu ninth grader, who went missing after tuition on Monday evening, returned home late on Tuesday night saying he had escaped from the clutches of three kidnappers, but police remain sceptical of his abduction theory.

Jayesh Jaybardhane — the grandson of late Bihar MLC Satyadeo Nath Tiwari — had left his teacher’s home at Road No. 7, Ranchi, around 7pm. Within 15 minutes, father Krishna Mohan Tiwari received a ransom call of Rs 5 lakh from the mobile phone, which the 14-year-old had borrowed from his mother for a day. The caller went incommunicado thereafter, prompting worried parents to take police into confidence.

Around 11.45pm on Tuesday, police found the boy walking alone on a road in Bariatu. He was reunited with his family near Ram Krishna Mission ashram in Morabadi.

On being quizzed, Jayesh told police that he had been abducted by a group of three youths. “Their faces were masked and they attacked me from behind while I was relieving myself. They sprayed something and I can’t remember after that. I woke up in a room on Tuesday evening. I was alone and found the door open. So, I escaped,” the boy told police.

An investigating officer, however, expressed doubts. “We don’t think the kid was abducted in the first place. He ran away to an acquaintance’s house to pull off some stunt. But, when police became involved, he was perhaps asked to leave and he returned last night,” the officer said.

City SP Anup Birthare confirmed the teenager’s return, but expressed his inability to throw light on the kidnap and subsequent claim of escape. “I have not spoken to the boy yet and, hence, am not in a position to say how he was abducted. However, according to reports from the local police, he might be making up a story and was only visiting an acquaintance,” the SP said.