Odisha: Missing boy rescued; police rule out kidnapping

Bhubaneswar: A minor boy, who went missing from Maitree Vihar area of Odisha capital on July 7, was rescued by police near Jenapur railway station in Jajpur district today.

The 16-year-old boy was brought to the capital city and handed over to his parents, who are the natives of Maharashtra but residing in Odisha capital, said an official of the Commissionerate Police.

The police, meanwhile, ruled out the kidnapping angle in the incident.

The boy’s parents had earlier alleged that someone had kept their son as hostage and sought a ransom of Rs 3 lakh through WhatsApp message.

They had staged a dharna in front of Maitree Vihar police station seeking action against the kidnapper.

“The boy had travelled to Balugaon area in Khurda district by leaving behind his bicycle at Bhubaneswar railway station. He later reached Jenapur in Jajpur district. He was rescued near Jenapur station today. We did not find any kidnapping angle in the incident,” added the official.

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