Deputy Head of Police Serious and Organised Crime, Dhaudh Mohamed, has said that 16 year-old Mohamed Arham was killed in a revenge attack in an argument that night between two gangs.
Speaking to the press at Iskandhar Koshi, Dhaudh said that the police investigation had found out that Arham had a close relationship with the gang, who were based in the park in which he was found dead. The victim had no previous criminal record, although he used to visit the park frequently, police stated.
Police also appealed to the public to share any information they had regarding the death of Mohamed Arham.
Arham’s body was discovered on Wednesday morning at around 6:00am by police inside the park locally known as ‘Lorenzo Park’, behind the Kulliyathul Dhirasathul Islamiyya building.
Four men were arrested in connection with the murder, however police have not revealed their names saying it might interrupt the investigation.
The Education Ministry, Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) and police have condemned the attack on the boy.
Friends of Arham have meanwhile confirmed that he was in the park at night after all his friends left because he was too tired to go home, as he had just finished attending a camp that day.
Arham did not leave the park with his friends and may have fallen asleep in the park alone, and been attacked while he was asleep, according to some of Arham’s friends.
Mohamed Arham was a student at grade 9 in Dharmavantha School when he died.