The Cyberabad police on Wednesday received a call on the 100 helpline about a London-based Non Resident Indian (NRI) being abducted from a taxi near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad. The call came from the parents of the said NRI. The police soon launched a manhunt for the 32-year-old, but the investigation revealed that he had lied about the kidnap to his parents.
In fact, that was not the only thing that he had allegedly lied about.
Speaking to TNM, Inspector Venkateshwarlu from the RGIA police station said that the police received a call to 100 from an elderly couple from Petbasheerbagh in Hyderabad, "The man told his parents that the car driver physically assaulted him and took Rs 2 lakh he had with him. We collected the number of the man from his parents, we also collected his flight details for investigation," said Venkateshwarlu.
During the investigation, police found that there was no passenger by the name of the kidnapped person on the flight from London and his phone number was also traced to Chennai. The police found the man safe and sound in Chennai, where he was working in the hospitality sector. The police said that he had faked the entire kidnapping and assault to try and prevent a lie from unfolding.
Over the past two years, the man had allegedly lied to his family in Hyderabad about his job and place of residence. "He had left Hyderabad by informing his family that he was going to London for a job but he was living in Chennai instead. He made his parents believe that he is in London and in the process, had taken nearly Rs 50 lakh as a loan. He was to get married in 15 days and was to come back with some money to pay off the debts. As he had no money, he created this elaborate lie," said the officer.
"The kidnap story was false and we informed the family. The family then withdrew the complaint," said Venkateshwarlu who added that the police didn't book the man for wasting their time as he was already disturbed.