Father accuses woman tutor of 'luring' and abducting his son

Tutor's son also missing

The father of a 14-year-old student of Lucknow's well-known City Montessori School has lodged a complaint the police accusing his son's 35-year-old tutor of "luring" and kidnapping him. Both the boy and the tutor, Sonal Mathur, have been missing since Saturday.

Mathur's nine-year-old son is also missing. Police claimed to have traced the mobile phones of both Mathur and the boy till Kanpur, where these were switched off.

A Class IX student, the boy went to the house of Sonal Mathur, a short distance from his residence in Rajajipuram, for tuitions. He had been taking classes with her for 10 months. Last Saturday too, he left home around 9.30 am for his classes, but did not return home, his father has said in the complaint.

The father says when he spoke to Mathur's husband Sharad Mathur, the latter told him his son hadn't come for tuitions that day and that his wife too had been missing since morning along with their son.

The father waited till evening before lodging a complaint of kidnapping with the Tal Katora police station.

Station Officer Vinod Yadav said Mathur had an argument with her husband the day before she went missing. He also said that she frequently talked to the boy over the phone and this is what led to the fight. Call details show Mathur and the boy talked to each other for about 25 minutes before they went missing, said the police.

Yadav said they also had CCTV footage from an ATM booth in Rajajipuram, where Mathur withdrew Rs 25,000 and where the two can be seen together. Mathur's phone was briefly switched on in Kolkata two days ago before being turned off again.

An assistant manager of Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank posted in Rae Bareli district, the boy's father said he had noticed nothing unusual about their relationship.

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