Child missing in Kandy found, abductor arrested

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The child who had gone missing while watching the Kandy Esala Perahera on Wednesday (3), was found in Maharagama on Thursday (4), Police said.

Police arrested the person who had abducted the child and brought him to Colombo.

This child and the suspect were taken into Police custody on Thursday night (4) while they were on a train which was travelling to Avissawella.

The child is nine years old and the suspect is a 30-year-old resident of Peradeniya.

The child, a resident of Mylapitiya, Talawathuoya, had gone to Kandy with his parents to see the Esala Perahera on 3 August. He went missing and the parents had lodged a complaint with the Kandy Police.

The Police said it has been observed that criminals can deceive and take away children for various purposes. Due to this, the Police points out the parents should pay close attention to the children during public gatherings. Also, the Police urge the public to constantly educate children about their safety as well.

BY Aloka Kasturiarachchi