14-year-old girl ab­duc­tion trig­gers alarms

Par­ents ad­vised to mon­i­tor who their chil­dren are as­so­ci­ated with

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Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ma­hen­dra Reddy has strongly ad­vised par­ents and teach­ers to mon­i­tor their stu­dents’ where­abouts af­ter a 14-year-old stu­dent of Bal­lan­tine Me­mo­rial School was al­leged to have been ab­ducted from her school. Mr Reddy said teach­ers should en­sure that stu­dents were picked up by their par­ents and not by any stranger that they had no clue about. Ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice state­ment, Year 9 stu­dent, Ar­chana Kumar of BMS orig­i­nally from Nadi, and cur­rently re­sides in Na­madi Heights in Suva was pos­si­bly ab­ducted from the school. It is al­leged a man claim­ing to be her brother came and picked her up from the school dur­ing lunch break yes­ter­day, Po­lice said. The man came in a mini­van with Suva/Nadi/Suva printed on the side and SOTE printed on the wind­screen, the Po­lice re­port said. Ar­chana was wear­ing her green school uni­form with black socks and san­dals and was car­ry­ing her pink and black school bag.

“Par­ents are also ad­vised to mon­i­tor who their chil­dren are as­so­ci­ated with on a daily ba­sis; they have to be the only ones pick­ing up their chil­dren from school or any rel­a­tive whom they trust. “For our younger stu­dents in pri­mary school; par­ents should be very vig­i­lant with them af­ter school and for our stu­dents in high school; teach­ers and par­ents should mon­i­tor them af­ter school and see that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” he said.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to con­tact their near­est po­lice sta­tion or Crime Stop­pers on 919 if they have any in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of the ab­ducted stu­dent Ar­chana Kumar or any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this case.

call 919 For any in­for­ma­tion on Ar­chana Kumar’s where­abouts

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