A prominent businessman and seller of oil and hardware products has been found dead inside an abandoned house on Hoarafushi in Haa Alifu Atoll.
Police believe that 70 year-old Hussain Mohamed Manik may have been murdered.
An official from the island office told Minivan News that the body was discovered by the caretaker of the building last night.
“There were no injuries on the outside his body,’’ said the island official. ‘’He is from another island but has lived in Hoarafushi for a long time.’’
He said the incident had triggered uproar among the islanders.
“I heard that some of the islanders set huts belonging to gangs on fire. They believe that gangs were involved in this,’’ he said.
Local media reported that Manik’s hands were tied behind his back with rope, and that the body was lying on the ground in a prone position when discovered.
The island official said that it had rained heavily last night, and that “nobody goes out in the rain. The streets would probably have been empty.”
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said police had received the report this morning.
“We are currently investigating the case and it is very difficult to disclose any information,’’ Shiyam said, adding that the team dispatched to the island included Commissioner of Police Ahmed Faseeh, Deputy Commissioner Mohamed Rishwan and a team from of Serious and Organised Crime department.
President Mohamed Nasheed meanwhile expressed concern over the alleged murder. In statement from the President’s Office Nasheed sent “his deep condolences to the members of the bereaved family” and instructed the Maldives Police Service to “thoroughly investigate” the case.