May 18, 2016 1:06:53 am
THE MUMBAI Police Crime Branch Monday tracked down a 17-year-old who had reportedly fled from his home with Rs 3 lakh after failing in his Class XI exams as he was scared of his father’s reaction to it.
The property cell of the crime branch traced him to an orchestra bar in south Mumbai where he was with a friend. The youngster had splurged most of the money in different bars across the city. The police team also counselled his father asking him not to be too strict with the teen.
Senior Inspector Vinayak Mer said the boy who had scored well in Class X was not happy with the fact that he was enrolled in the science stream in a central Mumbai college in spite of the fact that he was not interested in the subject.
When the first year results were announced last month, he found that he had failed. “He knew his parents would be very upset and hence fled on April 29 with cash and valuables worth Rs 3 lakh,” an officer said.
The parents registered a missing person’s complaint at the Wadala police station on May 1 and the crime branch began a parallel probe in the matter. The 17-year-old was not using a mobile phone, and hence they could not track him. A team of officers led by Assistant Police Inspector Sunil Mane started contacting his friend and found that he had called up one of them.
“We then started tracking the number from which the call was made and tracked his location to south Mumbai. An informer told the police that a boy of the similar description was coming to a bar in south Mumbai recently,” Mane said. A police team reached the bar and found him there with his friend. He told the police that he kept staying at lodges in south Mumbai and would shift his location every two days to avoid being found. In his statement, he said he had splurged all the money in bars and had run away from his home since he was scared of his parents’ reaction to his results.
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