Cash crunch forces teens to give up Dawood pursuit

By Giridhar Jha

PATNA: THEY were “ not good at studies” and wanted to make a quick buck.

But little did they realise when they set off on a mission to abduct fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and claim the reward on his head that their absurd plan would go so terribly awry.

The three Patna boys had to return when they ran out of money.

Rajesh Kumar, Vikas Kumar and Wali Azam ( names changed) — Class 9 students of St. Michaels School in Patna — went missing last Friday. After receiving missing persons complaints from their parents, the Patna Police set up a special team under SP Janant Kant, which managed to trace them on Sunday.

Patna's Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj revealed the children's Mission Dawood. “ They ran away from their homes believing that they would be able to abduct Dawood and get the cash reward,” he said.

Maharaj also said the trio reached Patna Junction and went to Barh and Mokama before boarding a train to Kolkata. However, after reaching Kolkata, they ran short of money and returned to Patna in a passenger train.

Police sources said the children had gone to Barh and Mokama to seek financial help from JD( U) MLA Anant Singh. “ The boys, however, could not meet him. Disappointed, they boarded a train to Kolkata,” said a police officer.

Vikas told the police that they heard of the cash reward that various governments had announced for any information leading to the arrest of Dawood, who is believed to be living in Pakistan.

The teenager admitted that they decided to go to Pakistan and abduct Dawood to claim the rewards.

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