Thane: A 17-year-old girl’s urge to earn big money in less time led to her detention by Thane police in Maharashtra. The ‘burqa’-clad female allegedly kidnapped a minor boy on Saturday afternoon while he was on his way to his tuition classes. Later, she called up her mother and demanded a ransom of Rs 6 lakh.

The 11-year-old victim’s mother received the ransom call, threatening to kill the boy if demand is not met, in the evening. She was asked to bring the money in a bag and keep it on a bike near Shivaji Chowk in Bhiwandi town.

Following the call, the terrified woman, who works as a tailor, rushed to her husband – a worker in a jewellery shop. While on her way, she found her son alone and crying near a shop on Quarter Gate Road. On inquiring, the boy told his mother that an ‘aunty’ allegedly took him away while he was returning from his tuition classes and asked about his father’s workplace. However, he managed to escape while walking with her and reached his father’s shop.

The minor’s mother informed the police about the incident and as instructed, she kept a bag on the bike, as specified by the caller. Falling into the trap, the 17-year-old reached the spot to pick up the bag and it was then that she was nabbed.

During interrogation, the accused told the police she used to go to the boy’s mother to get her clothes stitched and that she kidnapped the minor for money. She was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 364-A (kidnapping for ransom) and sent to a remand home.