Last week we received dreadful news about a 12-year-old boy abducted close to his school. Six agonizing nights and a ransom sum later, we learn that he has been released by the kidnappers. Find out what happened in between…
The whole nation came together in efforts to locate Nayati Shamelin Moodliar after the news about his abduction spread like wild fire last week. Posters were set up in every corner and all the efforts and support paid off as he was released in Rawang, Malaysia today at 7:30 am.
Nayati was nabbed at 7:35am, while walking to his international school in Mont Kiara last week. Experts say that the first 48 hours are crucial to recover missing children and after that period, chances of recovery get slimmer and slimmer as time passes.
Police revealed that it took several negotiating attempts before Nayati was finally given back to his family. Reports suggest that the abductors made contact with the distraught family soon after they kidnapped the boy. Nayati was said to have been taken by two men and shoved into a car near his school on April 27.
The kidnappers required a ransom sum before they would release the boy—they agreed on “a substantial ransom amount” and the money was paid this morning. Nayati was not harmed in anyway and was freed at a rest stop on the North South Expressway.
The release was confirmed by Datuk Ku Chin Wah, City police chief Senior Asst Comm, and investigation on the kidnapping continues.
A happy family
Here’s the press release from the Moodliar family on a Facebook page dedicated to Nayati:
We are delighted to tell you that Nayati is back home with us and although it has obviously been a very traumatic time for him he appears at this stage to be in good shape. We cannot begin to say how proud we are of him and the way that he has coped with the events of the past week.
We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from all our friends here in Kuala Lumpur and all over the world. We are unable to find the words to express our gratitude but we will never forget what they did for us.
Even more surprising, because it was so unexpected, has been the support of people whom we have never met – and are never likely to meet – in countries as far away as Zambia and the USA, who have offered their time, skills and, in many cases, money, without any expectation of any form of compensation. We are so grateful for their help.
We also appreciate very much the tremendous practical and moral support we have received from the Netherlands Embassy and in particular the Ambassador, Mr Paul Bekkers. With his help we were able to surmount some “interesting” technical problems.
Finally we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Malaysia, specifically the Royal Malaysian Police. Their number one priority from the start has been the safe return of Nayati and they have been most careful not to do anything that might have jeopardised his safety. We have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy our stay in this wonderful country.
As we are sure you will understand, Nayati’s kidnapping is the subject of an ongoing investigation so we are unfortunately not at liberty to reveal any of the details of the case at this stage.
There will be a press conference on Friday. Details to follow.
Thank you. – Moodliar Family
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