An Indian physics teacher has been hospitalised after a group of angry islanders confronted him on the island of Kumundhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and beat him up after accusing him of hitting a student in the chest.
Police Media Official Ismail Ali confirmed the incident occurred and had been reported to police.
“At the time I don’t have details of the case. Police are still on the island since last night,” he said.
Speaking to Minivan News, Island Councilor Ali Anwar said he heard of the incident yesterday at 5:30pm.
“Yesterday afternoon the expat teacher hit a 13 year-old student in the chest and the child fell and couldn’t breathe and was taken to the health centre,” Anwar said. “The islanders became angry at the teacher and gathered outside the school. The security guard and school staff were unable to control them.”
He said the islanders destroyed a power distribution unit outside the school cutting off its electricity, and then attacked the expat teacher.
Anwar said the police were called immediately when the islanders gathered in front of the school, but arrived at 8:00pm that night after everything had ended.
“I understand that the Indian teacher has been admitted to Kulhudhuffushi Hospital and the injuries he received are not clear,” he said.
“No one on this island wishes to have him back so we don’t think he will return,” he added.
Police are still active on the island investigating the case, however no one has been arrested, according to Anwar.