Police arrested 59 men and confiscated an assortment of weaponry, in a special operation yesterday to try and cut down on gang violence following gang-related six stabbings and a murder over the weekend.
A statement issued by police said that the 59 men were arrested “for the collection of information”, and noted that 15 were under the age of 18.
Police investigated two guest houses suspected of being used by the gangs, and discovered narcotics, weapons and items such as gloves and masks inside.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said that out of the arrested 59, 11 were released after questioning.
The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives yesterday issued a statement expressing concern over the rise in gang violence and called upon all the concerned authorities to take necessary measurements to curb the violence.
Last Thursday Maldives Customs officers discovered five 3-foot long swords inside a container unloaded from a cargo ship.