An incident involving the police during an opposition PPM-PNC rally in Male on Friday afternoon has sparked outrage and raised concerns about police brutality. The opposition party claims that a man, who was accompanied by a child, was subjected to rough treatment and unjust arrest by the police. The incident has been captured in videos shared on social media, amplifying the controversy.
According to the PPM-PNC, the man was passing by on his motorcycle when he decided to stop and take a photo. The party strongly criticized the police for what they described as “cruel treatment” towards the man, particularly due to the presence of the child. They argue that the police showed no regard for the child’s well-being during the arrest.
Multiple photos and videos have surfaced depicting the man being apprehended, and some sources claim that he was later treated for injuries at the IGMH. These visuals have contributed to the growing public outcry against the police’s actions.
However, the police have denied the opposition’s claims, stating that there was no child present at the time of the man’s arrest. The police assert that the man was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to throw an object at the patrolling officers. They maintain that their actions were justified in response to the perceived threat.
In response to the incident, the opposition party has called upon the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) and the National Integrity Commission (NIC) to initiate a thorough investigation. They regard the matter as a grave violation of human rights and demand accountability from the police. The PPM-PNC has also urged Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed to personally investigate the case and provide a detailed explanation to the public regarding the events that unfolded.
As public scrutiny intensifies, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing concerns surrounding police behavior and the need for transparency and accountability in law enforcement operations.