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Lucknow: Two boys, aged 11 and 13, in the capital of the state Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, were caught playing hooky from school. Afraid of the punishment that was sure to come once they were caught, they made up a story – they cried kidnapping.

The boys, who live in Lucknow's Saadatganj locality, left for school on Monday and returned home later.

They told their parents that they were on their way to school at 7.30am when a man in a car called them.

"The man pulled us inside the car which had five other men who blindfolded us. Near Thakurganj, we managed to break the glass of the car with a bottle and shouted for help. Since the car had slowed down due to traffic, we managed to escape," they said.

The parents panicked and called the police, who in turn began to mobilise teams to track down the abductors.

Officer of Saadatganj Mahesh Pal Singh said: "The truth came out when we scanned the CCTV footage of the area. We did not see the boys nor the car. When interrogated further, the boys confessed that they had cooked up the story because they had not done their homework and were also late for school."

The station house officer (SHO) said that the boys had been counselled not to indulge in such acts in the future.