MUZAFFARNAGAR police have booked unidentified people for kidnapping a 12-year-old boy, missing reportedly since February 2 in Purkazi.
However, the FIR was registered only on Saturday after the boy’s father, Aslam, contacted the police. The boy, Shoaib, went missing when he left home for the madrasa in Bhopa where he stayed. The family claimed they started looking for the boy on their own but when their efforts proved futile, they lodged a complaint with the police.
While the police said the family had told them that the boy went missing on February 2, the father, when contacted by The Indian Express, said he learnt about his son’s disappearance only on February 15.
“My son left home for the madrasa but he never reached there. We came to know about his disappearance a few days later when a madrasa teacher informed me. We began to look for him and later, went to the police station to get an FIR lodged,” said Aslam, a farmer.
He also claimed to have received two ransom calls. “The family claims to have received two ransom calls around two weeks ago. But they have not been able to give any evidence to support their claim,” said SHO of Purkazi police station, Charan Singh Yadav.
The family, however, claimed one of the calls came from Saharanpur, where an unidentified caller told them that the boy was with him. “Initially, the family reportedly did not take the call seriously… While a police team has gone to Hardoi, another will soon leave for Saharanpur to look for the boy,” said Yadav.
Aslam is accompanying the police team that has gone to Hardoi to look for Shoaib. Sub-Inspector Indra Pal Singh, who is leading the team, said Aslam’s brother lives in Hardoi.
According to the SHO, Shoaib had gone missing a few months ago as well, but had returned home on his own after five days.