A 16-year-old boy in Hyderabad, ‘addicted’ to the popular online game PUBG, allegedly faked his own kidnapping and sought ransom from his parents after they took away his mobile phone, the police said today.
The boy went missing after he told his parents that he is going to visit a friend’s place. Later, confirmed that he went missing for a few days.
Then the boy went to Mumbai and called his mother from a passenger’s phone. Impersonating another man, he told her that “her son” had been kidnapped and demanded Rs. 3 lakh as ransom.
On October 12, the boy came back to Hyderabad and booked an online ticket. His mother got a message about the ticket booking and alerted police. Cops tracked him down.
Police said that the boy, who secured very good marks in his class 10 exams, was not performing well in his studies since he got addicted to PUBG.