A Kashmiri boy who had run away from Delhi to catch a glimpse of actor Salman Khan was finally traced and returned to his relieved parents.
The Std X student is the son of an apple trader from Kashmir. It was a joint effort by the Delhi police and Byculla police officials that helped traced him.
Bollywood star Salman Khan. Pic: Santa/Banta
According to cops, the 15-year-old had gone to Delhi with his father for a meeting four months ago. He reportedly went missing near Azadpur market. Mahindra Park police in Delhi registered a kidnapping case on November 27.
Police said that his parents pushed the boy to study for his Board exams. However, the boy had other ideas in mind. He wanted to see Salman Khan. Already angry at being chided for not concentrating on his studies, he left his father and came down to Mumbai.
Police reported that he waited for more than two hours to catch a glimpse of his hero. But, when he saw nobody, he left. He then started staying with some Kashmiri people in the city. An officer from Byculla police station said, “He took a train to Mumbai and stayed with people from his state. He did small jobs and earned some money to feed himself.”
However, one day he felt homesick. “He decided to call a relative and spoke to them and asked them not to tell his father he called. But, the relative informed the worrying father and contacted the Delhi police,” added the officer.
The boy had used the cell phone of a watchman based in Mazgaon. His relatives passed on this number to the Delhi police, and they traced the called to Mazgaon. “They contacted us and asked us to take possession of the boy,” state the officer.
Around 9 am yesterday, a team of Delhi police, including an officer and two constables, arrived in Byculla and took the minor along with them to Delhi.