Investigations on the abduction of an 11-year-old student of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, three weeks ago, is continuing, but no breakthrough has been made.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said the police will be questioning the victim again to obtain further information regarding the incident. The abduction took place after school, when the child was on her way to her school van parked on De Fonseka Road. The van used for the abduction was parked across her path. On being forced into the van, the abductors had taken off the child’s earrings.
When the van was passing ‘House of Fashion’ on R.A.de Mel Mawatha, it had stopped near the colour lights and the child, noticing that the door of the van was unlocked, had managed to escape. The child had stated that she was able to escape because of a training programme she attended, conducted by the Child Protection Authority, as to ‘how to react’ and ‘what to do’ in situations like this.
After the child was returned to her parents, they had lodged an entry at the Bambalapitiya Police Station. Principal- Vishaka Vidyalaya, Mrs. S.S.K. Aviruppola said the school authorities had taken measures to enhance security around the school area, with security personnel placed on duty near De Fonseka Road and Vajira Road. “All the students and their parents have been informed of this incident and were advised to take precautionary measures. We will also be conducting similar training sessions for students, and and their parents in April,” Mrs. Aviruppola said.
A cross section of the parents were of the view that the parents of this child need to be more careful of her safety, and that, the parents should take part of the blame, adding that, this incident has compelled them to be extra vigilant for the safety of their children, especially girls.