I was tortured brutally, given death threats by police: Munthasiru

Police making arrest in Lh. Naifaru | Photo: Dhidaily

Lh. Naifaru Maldives – Mohamed Munthasiru from Lh. Naifaru, said that on 16th May, the Maldives Police brutally beat him up and threatened to kill him.

He reported the incident and the injuries he got to the police station following which a team of policemen arrived to further investigate the matter. The incident has caused outcries within the island as well leading to face offs between the police and locals. One person has been arrested from the protest as well.

Munthasiru was accused of having teased a policeman’s wife which he denied. He said that he received a call from an unknown number that night asking him to come outside. Following that, around 10 policemen arrived in cycles according to him. He further explained that the policemen first stopped a bit faraway and that he could identify them only after going there.

He then said that the policemen took him with them “to have a conversation”, however physically beat him near the southern side of the island. He also said that they later took him near the landfill and beat him up even more. He noted that one of the punches caused him to fall to the ground following which they continued to kick and beat him.

Munthasiru said that he constantly asked them what he had done wrong however, they gave no answer. He also received treatment for the injuries later at the hospital.

Munthasir’s friends and family had a conflict with the police the following day, try to clear what actually happened. The wife of the policeman said that she does not know anything about it either, that she was teased. More conflict followed this incident causing chaos within the island with pictures and videos circulating in the social media of police brutality.

Maldives Police Service is currently investigating the case.