Police are investigating the murder of a 17 year old boy who was stabbed to death by a group of men during an apparent gang fight.
The 17 year old was stabbed in the leg on Friday afternoon near the Social Centre in Maafannu, Male’.
He was admitted to Indira Gandi Memorial Hospital and treated for more than eight hours in the Intensive Care Unit, but the knife severed a major artery and despite an emergency blood transfusion he died the following morning at 6:15am.
He was was buried that afternoon at Aasahara cemetery.
A person familiar with the matter told Minivan News the boy was stabbed when he climbed onto the back of a lorry after watching a football match at Maaziya football ground.
“He was with his friends on a lorry and about to leave, when they were attacked by a group of people people armed with stones and sticks,” the source said. “After a while they came close and stabbed him with a knife. Two other boys were also stabbed, one in the chest and another in the leg.’’
All three victims were taken to IGMH around 6pm.
One of the victims told Minivan News today that a squad of police were active in the area prior to the incident but were unable to control the eruption of violence in the area.
‘’Police officers were running around, but they seemed shocked and didn’t know what to do,’’ said the victim. “The police officers didn’t help, so I ran to IGMH with my friend.’’
The IGMH doctors stitched his wound and told him it was fine, he said.
‘’I was discharged from IGMH that night and I went home, but I did not feel well. I was having difficulty breathing, but since they said I was fine, I thought I was fine,’’ he said.
“Later, I realised air was spreading inside my body and my back, chest, neck and arms were puffing up.’’
He said he went to ADK hospital last night.
‘’Doctors at ADK said that I had been stabbed in the lungs and that one of my lungs had stopped functioning,’’ he said. ‘’They said if I had been any later the air would have reached my brain and they would not have been able to help me.’’
He was admitted at ADK hospital and had a pipe inserted into his lungs due to stem the internal bleeding.
He said that the other boy who was stabbed had been discharged.
The following afternoon two more boys were stabbed in Mahchangolhi, one in the head and another in the back.
A person familiar with the matter said neither were seriously injured.
“One boy was stabbed neat Mahchangolhi cemetery and other was stabbed near Ameenee building,’’ he said. ‘’It was around 11:00 am in the morning – they were stabbed at the same time, one after the other.’’
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed six people were stabbed over the weekend, one fatally.
“Four people were injured on Friday and one of them died. Yesterday afternoon two were injured,’’ he said.
Police have arrested 11 people in connection with the case. Police and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) launched a special operation on July 15 to investigate gang violence.