The grandson of a late Bihar MLC went missing after tuition on Monday evening and his father received a call demanding Rs 5 lakh for the 14-year-old’s safe release soon thereafter.
Police, however, are not certain whether it is a genuine case of abduction or juvenile delinquency.
An officer at Bariatu thana said DAV School ninth grader Jayesh Jaybardhane — whose granddad Satyadeo Nath Tiwari was a member of the Legislative Council in undivided Bihar — never used a mobile phone at tuition, which he took at Road No. 7 of Kusum Vihar Colony, except on Monday.
“The boy told his mother that classes would go on till late in the evening and he needed the phone to call his father, asking the latter to fetch him home. On the other hand, he left tuition early at 7pm after telling his teacher’s son that his father was waiting for him,” said the officer.
By 7.15pm, father Krishna Mohan Tiwari received the ransom call after which the said mobile phone went into switched-off mode.
Though police have begun preliminary investigations into a case of abduction registered at Bariatu thana by the boy’s father, they are not ruling out pseudo-kidnapping.
City SP Anup Birthare confirmed this.
“Both statements taken from the boy’s family members and circumstantial evidence leave scope for suspicion about the abduction. However, we are leaving no stone unturned to find out where the teenager is. Details from the cellular service provider suggest that the ransom call was made from Morabadi area around 7.15pm. I have alerted local police,” Birthare said.
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