Satellite police were on their toes after they came to know that four boys, aged between 9 and 13, vanished mysteriously from near their homes on Saturday evening.
However, anxiety didn’t persecute the elders for long, as the homesick kids returned back to their nests early on Sunday morning, making everybody breathe huge sighs of relief. Gentle probing revealed that the four boarded a train to Mumbai, but got scared mid-way and decided to abandon the trip.
According to police, Arvind Jaradi, 37, a resident of Rajivnagar-2, approached Satellite police to lodge a complaint about his son Vishal, 9, who went missing along with three of his friends after the four had gone to a common ground near Rajivnagar on Saturday evening. The three other boys include a 11-year-old and two 13-year-olds, all residents of Rajivnagar-2 in Satellite. When they four friends failed to return home till late in the night, worried parents started hunting for them. Unable to find the kids, they finally approached Sanjay Joshi, a social activist living near their society. “After informing cops about their disappearance, we spent the entire night searching for them. Finally, an auto driver spotted them near Jivraj bridge and brought them to us,” said Joshi.
Further probing by parents revealed that the kids went to Kalupur railway station where they bought four tickets to Mumbai. When the train reached Vadodara, the youngest of the lot started crying and asked his friends to send him home. “All of them then dropped their plan to reach Mumbai and boarded an ST bus from Vadodara. They hired an auto from Geeta Mandir and reached Jivraj bridge around 4am,” said Joshi.
It is learned that one of the 13-year-olds wanted to go to Mumbai alone, as he was scolded by his father for not studying. He asked his friends to collect money for him so that he could start a new life in Mumbai. “They gave him Rs1,100 to him and went railway station to say final goodbye to their friend. But, the remaining three also decided to go to Mumbai and boarded the train” said Joshi.