Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Dato’ Dev Kumar M.M. Sree in Malaysia has clarified that the two girls at Jalan FAC Matang who were said to have been ‘abducted ‘ were actually attempting to run away from home.
A photo of the police report submitted by a 20-year-old woman, who is a sister to one of the ‘victims,’ was false, according to Dev Kumar.
“The girl lodged a false report. Not a kidnapping,” he said in a WhatsApp message today.
The ‘abduction’ of the 10 and 17-year-old victims created a buzz on social media when they were said to be abducted by two masked men on the roadside near Jalan FAC Matang at around 3.15pm today at broad daylight.
The complainant asserted she saw two unknown individuals grabbing the two victims by the arms, dragging them into a white van.
But this turned out to be the girl’s smokescreen, police said.
Under Section 182 of the Penal Code, lodging a false police report is an offense that carries a maximum of six months in prison, a fine of up to RM2,000 (US$477), or both.
Dev Kumar elaborated on the information during a press conference on Aug. 25, stating that the ‘missing’ children were securely escorted to the closest police station after being discovered in a friend’s house.
“There was no such abduction attempt. There were no abductors. The children were found safe and sound, and their parents have been duly informed as well,” Dev Kumar said.
“We sympathize with the parents, as they too were fooled into thinking that their children were abducted. We will not be taking any action against the parents in this case.
“We will, however, be looking into the person who lodged the false report; she is currently in custody and we are recording her statement as we speak,” he added.