Scurry after kidnap hoax

Over 2,000 students at a Behala school were made to rush out of classes and line up in the playground for a headcount on Friday afternoon after an unidentified man rang up a nearby shop to claim that six students had been kidnapped.

Guardians of students and officers from multiple police stations rushed to Barisha High School as rumours of kidnapping spread. The count confirmed that the call was hoax.

"I heard from an acquaintance that six students had been kidnapped from the school and rushed there. The headmistress assured us that the students would be counted soon," said a homemaker whose son studies at Barisha High School.

A group of guardians headed straight to the local Behala police station. "Officers were immediately sent to the school. We also alerted the closest radio flying squad and the heavy radio flying squad to be on the lookout for vehicles carrying students," said a senior officer at Behala police station. Personnel from the adjoining Parnasree police station were also sent to the school.

"The number of students were counted in the playground before the school authorities declared no one was missing," said a senior cop.

Headmistress Dipa Bose said the students' were counted in their respective classrooms. "Around 12.45pm, some guardians came and alerted me. I immediately asked the class teachers to conduct a roll call and tally it with the morning roll call," Bose told Metro.

Three persons were lynched and six attacked by mobs in the city over the past month after branding them kidnappers on the basis of rumours.

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