Software engineer scripts own kidnap

A 23-year-old software engineer, who went missing mysteriously from Nehru Place in south-east Delhi on Sunday and was suspected to be abducted, scripted his own kidnapping after being fed up with high expectations of his parents.

Vivek Srivastava, who hails from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and works for an IT company at Gurgaon in Haryana, was residing with two elder brothers at Munirka Village in south Delhi. He was also pursuing a course in SAP at Nehru Place. He had gone to attend classes on Sunday where he did not return from.

His parents and brothers approached the police a day after he went missing. When police started looking for him suspecting as being kidnapped he returned on Tuesday morning. When he returned, he first claimed that he has lost his senses as was drugged by the kidnappers and was unwell. He maintained that he was abducted. He dodged the questioning by police and family members and claimed that he was unwell.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment where doctors claimed that he was well and healthy. He broke down and confessed of plotting his own kidnapping and he was always in scarcity of money despite earning Rs 14,000 from the IT company. The police said that Vivek — in front of his parents — said that he was annoyed with his parents’ expectation from him and wanted to flee away from this chain of life circle and live freely.

“So he hatched a plan of being abducted,” said a police officer. His father Munna Lal Srivastava works at private company in Banaras.

 On Sunday he left for his classes at around noon and reached institute at around 1 pm.

After attending classes he left for a friend’s place in east Delhi at around 6 pm and switched off his phone. “I thought when the cab driver calls me at around 4 am for pick up, I will tell that I have been kidnapped,” Vivek told the police officials.

When he received a call from his cab driver waiting at Munirka Village, he — in a subdued tone — said that a man was lying breathless on the road side and he will probably die if not taken to hospital.

After saying that to his cab driver, he switched off his phone. Meanwhile, the cab driver informed his colleague in the cab who then called at his office. The office then informed his mother, who was in Banaras, about the incident.

“Later after half an hour, he called up his home posing as a kidnapper. He urged his mother to come on phone and then after a pause said that he was hungry and being kidnapped and the abductors will kill him and switched off his phone,” said a police official.

He had planned to stay at a different location in Delhi but when the city police started looking for him and were heading ahead in probe and questioning all his friends, he got scared and returned home.

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