Wanting to emulate ‘bikers’ gang’, teens faked own kidnapping

September 1st, 2008 - 10:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Inspired by the exploits of the notorious “bikers’ gang”, three teenagers staged a fake kidnapping, only to be caught and sent to a remand home.The Delhi Police received a complaint Friday from a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in south Delhi stating his teenaged son (name withheld by the police) had gone out with his two friends but did not return.

“The father complained that he had received a call from kidnappers asking for Rs.100,000 ransom. A police team was constituted to catch the culprits,” Deputy Commissioner of Police H.G.S. Dhaliwal said Monday.

The parents again received a call from the “kidnappers” Saturday from a telephone booth in Sangam Vihar.

“The police team immediately rushed to the booth and enquired about the description of the caller. The age and the description provided by the PCO owner indicated the involvement of other teens.

“During inquiry it was learnt that one of the boys, who was a class mate of the victim, was also missing from his house and the description of the caller matched his. In the meantime, calls for ransom were being received by the victim’s father from different locations,” said Dhaliwal.

When the “kidnappers” told the victim’s father to come along with the cash, a police official in civil clothes accompanied him.

“The caller kept changing the location for delivery of the ransom money. The father of the victim was finally told to go to PVR Saket. After he reached there and waited for half an hour, a group of boys accompanied by the victim approached the man to take the ransom money. That is when the police overpowered them,” Dhaliwal added.

The three were arrested and produced before a juvenile court Monday.

About the motive behind the crime, Dhaliwal said: “The three were inspired by the bikers’ gang and wanted to form a gang of their own.”

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