UP boy fakes his own kidnapping to buy iPhone
In a bizarre incident, a Class 9 student from Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur staged his own kidnapping to buy an iPhone with the ransom money that he planned to collect from his father. The boy demanded Rs 5 lakh ransom from his father. The
According to the reports, the boy made a ransom call from his friend’s phone. The minor took this extreme step after his father, who runs a garment store, expressed his inability to buy the phone.
On Wednesday, the boy’s family and relatives started a manhunt after he didn’t return home post-school. Later, at around 8:30 pm, his father received a ransom call on WhatsApp demanding Rs 5 lakh which he was asked to deliver at Khairabad mosque, said Sitapur Kotwali SHO T.P. Singh.
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After the father informed the police, cops, cyber and SOG teams of the district got on the case. The police started the investigation and assured the complainant about the son’s rescue. Also, a team of civvies was attached to him while he was collecting the amount for the safe release of his son.
The SHO said by 11 pm, the police traced the location of the mobile phone through which the boy’s father received the ransom call. The location was traced to a footwear shop owner and on questioning, it was found that the phone was being used by his son, who was also a student of class 9.
The woman police officer confronted the Class 9 student who then revealed the truth that it was his friend who faked his kidnapping. Later, another team traced the missing child from his house, said the SHO. The boy has been handed over to his father after counselling.
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