They were a total of three men in a blue pickup truck. And one of them would have tried to kidnap the 6 year old boy after school hours on Tuesday September 13. The student of Std 1 of Jules Koenig Government School revealed the incident to his father who then made a complaint at the Beau-Bassin police station.
According to Hajee Khalid Omar, the father of the student, the events occurred around 3:30 PM. His son was waiting for the school bus. Normally, the students wait under a gazebo in the school playground after school hours. A blue pickup truck stopped near the gate of the property on that day. “Il y avait trois personnes assez jeunes, d’après mon fils,” says the inhabitant of Coromandel.
One of the passengers of the pickup truck would have told the boy, who was with his friends, that it is his mother who sent him to pick him up. “To mama pé koz ek mwa lor téléfonn-la. Vinn koz ek li, mo finn vinn sers twa,” launched the man. The individual then left the vehicle to approach the child and insist that he accompanies him.
Then a friend of the little boy who is in Std VI intervened and asked the man to name the mother of the boy. “Lorsque mon fils a compris que l’homme ne connaissait pas le nom de sa mère, il s’est enfui et l’individu en a fait de même.”
“Les règlements sont clairs, les parents doivent venir récupérer leurs enfants munis de leur carte d’identité et ils doivent signer dans un registre.”
After his son related the incident, the inhabitant of Coromandel visited the school to meet with officials and view images of the surveillance camera to try identify the individuals in the van. However, the images could not be recovered since the camera was damaged. According to police sources, several regular patrols are being carried out since Wednesday and a police officer can be seen at the school yard.
An official from the school indicates that a reminder was made to schoolchildren not to follow strangers under any circumstances and wait for their parents under the gazebo.
“Les règlements sont clairs, les parents doivent venir récupérer leurs enfants munis de leur carte d’identité et ils doivent signer dans un registre.” He added that he relies on the police to shed light on this story because “les enfants ont tendance à fabuler des fois…”