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Police confirm schoolgirl’s kidnap attempt

Two Omani suspects handed over to prosecution for trial

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Muscat: The Royal Oman Police have handed over two Omani suspects, charged with a failed kidnap attempt on an Indian School Muscat (ISM) pupil, to the Public Prosecution for court action, according to Lt Col Rashid Bin Saleh Al Qamboshi, Head of Criminal Investigation Department at Muttrah police station.

The brave 12-year-old girl of Indian School Muscat had foiled the kidnap attempt on March 5 by giving the slip to her two young Omani abductors. She later led investigating officers to the culprits.

“The girl was abducted from outside Ism in Darseit when she was waiting for her father to pick her up after school,” Lt Col Al Qamboshi said in a statement released on Wednesday.

He added that the girl was forced into a bus and forcefully taken to Wadi Kabir area. “She escaped from the suspects’ clutches when they stopped the bus to get off and go into a house in a remote location of Wadi Kabir area,” he added.

Lt Col Al Qamboshi said that the girl flagged down cars and a citizen stopped and helped her contact her parents and rescued her.

“We are grateful to the citizen for helping the girl escape and reach her parents,” the senior police officer said, adding that the citizen, who according to girl’s father was a driving school instructor, showed the humanitarian side of Omanis and set a good example.

According to the father, the girl’s mind was occupied with the final seventh grade examinations immediately after the incident so she had little time to think about it. “We, however, are seriously considering about consulting a counsellor.”

He was also all praise for the Oman police. “We have had full support of ROP during the investigations,” he said, adding that he has confidence in the police here.

“I also have full faith in Oman’s judiciary and believe the culprit will be punished after the law takes its due course,” he said.

He once again reiterated that parents should join hands with school managements in strengthening security around schools for the safety of every child.

After the abduction of Indian School Darseit’s tenth grade student turned out to be a hoax and stage-managed, social media and discussion forum had raised doubts about the girl’s kidnapping attempt as only the father had given his version with a request not to be named.

Now, with the official police version of the incident, the kidnap attempt is confirmed.