Amber Alert issued in Ontario prompts 911 calls in Winnipeg

By | February 15, 2019

CTV Winnipeg
Published Friday, February 15, 2019 2:07PM CST
Last Updated Friday, February 15, 2019 2:08PM CST

Call takers with the Winnipeg Police Service 911 Centre were kept busy with calls related to an Amber Alert issued Thursday night, some of whom came from people complaining about having received the alert.

The Amber Alert was issued by Peel Regional Police after the father of Riya Rajkumar, 11, didn’t return her to her mother.

Her body was later found, and police said Friday that they intend to charge the father, Roopesh Rajkuma, 41, with first degree murder.

READ MORE: First-degree murder charge for father of girl, 11, found dead after Amber Alert: police

Winnipeg police said Friday its emergency call takers were tied up with calls over the Amber Alert, “potentially preventing legitimate emergency calls from getting through.”

It reminded people that the you can’t opt out of the Alert Ready system that delivered the Amber Alert over compatible wireless devices, and that the messages it delivers are critical and potentially lifesaving.

Police said if you get a message that isn’t relevant to you, then ignore it, and if it is relevant, take action. They said do not contact police unless the alert directs you to.