Anil Kumar and his father Dayal Mahto at Sector IV police station in Bokaro on Friday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
The CBSE examinee from a Bokaro school, who had been untraceable since Tuesday, came back on Friday, his sudden appearance baffling the police as much as his claims that he fled from the clutches of his abductors on a train.
Anil Kumar, a Class XII student of Bokaro Public School who hails from Dumri in Giridih, called up his parents from Parasnath station around 3am on Friday, saying that he managed to give his kidnappers the slip while travelling in the Patna-Ranchi Express in the dead of the night.
His father Dayal Mahto, a grocer-cum-foodgrain supplier in Dumri, asked him to wait at the station and rushed there with relatives to rescue him. The boy was initially taken to Dumri and then to Bokaro steel city, where he stays in a rented flat in Sector IV-E.
In Bokaro, Anil was made to record his statements before Sector IV police and a magistrate.
According to the statement, Anil had left his rented flat, which he used to share with another student, around 6.30pm to buy food. “I had gone to a shop near DAV School when five youths in a red SUV called me on the pretext of asking an address. When I reached near the car, they forced me in after which I lost my senses. When I woke up the next morning, I was in Patna,” Anil told police.
The student claimed that the kidnappers asked him about his father’s profession, but he lied he was a poor orphan. The youths didn’t believe him and said that they would be verifying his claims.
“Yesterday (Thursday), the kidnappers and I boarded the Patna-Ranchi Express around 9.45pm. As the train reached Koderma around 1.30am, smoke suddenly engulfed our compartment. Taking advantage of the commotion, I fled and hid under a berth in another compartment. After the train reached Parasnath station, I got down and called my parents,” he added.
Anil’s story doesn’t clear the air on how his elder brother got phone calls and SMSes from the kidnappers from two Andhra Pradesh numbers.
“The statements don’t appear to be true. Thorough investigation is needed to find out what had happened,” said SP Jitendra Singh.
Sector IV officer-in-charge Sunit Kumar said they were verifying the facts.
“The student will be interrogated properly. We will come to know the truth very soon,” he added.