UTech students abducted and robbed
The Students' Union of The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), and the Papine police are working assiduously to ensure students who use public transportation to travel to and from school get to their destinations safely.
President of the Students' Union, Granville Knight, said the partnership comes after he was made aware of an incident where a group of students were abducted and robbed by men armed with guns after they took a taxi at the gate of the institution.
Knight said the alleged victims have not come forward, but confirmed that the matter was reported to the police.
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He said that it is the first time they are getting reports of abduction this year, but robberies have been frequent.
"There was an incident last semester where a couple of bikers rode up and robbed the students at gunpoint. There have also been quite a few small robberies in and around the Papine area, especially in Mona," he explained.
He said after discussions with the police, they are encouraging students to take taxis that they know or don't take taxis at all.
He said that the police are urging the students to choose safer methods when travelling.
"One thing they are also encouraging is that students take JUTC buses and here at the Students' Union we provide buses that take students from Papine to Half-Way Tree, Downtown, Spanish Town, Old Harbour, and Portmore. We also encourage students to take those transportation because there is greater security and transparency," he said.
Knight also said that since a female student was killed in 2015, while on her way home in Hope Pastures, the Students' Union has put in place a shuttle bus system which operates from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to transport students who live or board in close vicinity to the Papine campus.