MADURAI: A 14-year-old Tirunelveli boy’s tale of how he gave his kidnappers the slip has met with skepticism of district police here with the personnel suspecting the teen of cooking up a story to escape parental rebuke after a joyride on train.
Police said V Mano (14), a resident of Kadayanallur in Tirunelveli district, claimed that a four-member gang forcibly bundled him into the trunk of a car when he stepped out of his house on Sunday afternoon.
He alleged that the gang members, who were speaking in Hindi, applied some chemical-soaked cloth to his face after which he lost consciousness.
When Mano regained his senses, he found that he was packed in a sack. However, according to him, he used his presence of mind and requested his kidnappers to let him out to attend the call of nature.
When the abductors let him loose, Mano took to his heels and gave the slip to them. Later, he managed to enter the Tiruparankundram railway station, where he ran into a passenger, one Mathivanan, who called up his parents and informed them about Mano’s plight. Later, Mathivanan took Mano to the Tirunagar police station.
However, at the police station, Mano’s version failed to elicit the confidence of the personnel, who suspect that the entire tale was invented by the boy. Sources said that the boy’s version had several inconsistencies and he was not able to give clear answers to their queries.
According to an official, the boy could have boarded the Sengottai passenger train without his parents’ knowledge and once he alighted in Tiruparankundram station, he panicked and invented the entire abduction drama to escape punishment at the hands of his parents.
The official said that the Mano’s answers were unrealistic. Giving an example, the official said, “Initially Mano told us he was packed in a sack and kept in the trunk of the car. When we asked him how he managed to let his abductors know he had to attend the call of nature, he fumbled with his reply. He was unconvincing throughout our examination.”
“Moreover, it’s quite farfetched to believe that the kidnappers let him out without an escort and a teenager could outrun four adult men,” the official added.
Despite several inconsistencies, including how he communicated from the sack in the boot of the car and the part about allowing him to answer nature’s call, the police registered a case based on Mano’s version and launched an investigation. Meanwhile, Mano’s parents, beedi unit workers from Kadayanallur, came to the Thirunagar station on Sunday night and took him back.