Two men were arrested while playing football on Kan’ditheemu island in Shaviyani Atoll during President Dr Waheed Hassan Manik’s visit on January 26, one of whom remains in police custody.
Hussain Naushaad, a 19 year-old football player, was also arrested and held in police custody for two hours on Kan’ditheemu. Approximately 30 minutes prior to Agil’s arrest, around 25 youth primarily consisting of students were “warming up” for the daily afternoon football match, on the pitch across the road from Shaviyani Atoll School.
The footballers were passing balls back and forth on the main road of Bodu Magu, sources stated.
At the same time, Waheed was headed towards the school, but had not yet arrived.
Naushaad claimed he accidentally kicked the football into the school wall twice.
According to one witness, Agil told the police “even if you take those balls, we can still keep playing.” “The police don’t have a legitimate answer [for why he was arrested].
The real problem is that he talked back to the police,” the witness added.
“Most of those playing were students and everyone was shouting ‘baghee’ [traitor], but not directly to any officers in particular,” a witness said.
According to another witness, police believed Agil was “purposefully causing a disturbance and they suddenly ran onto the field and arrested him.” “He was not resisting arrest or speaking, but the police still took him forcefully. “They took him because they are [Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party] bagees and they wanted to arrest him,” yet another witness remarked.
“A police officer from Funadhoo came and said ‘don’t hit the wall again’.
The officer waited some time and then left, so we kept practicing.
“I passed the ball again and it hit the wall, which is when the police officer came and arrested me,” Naushaad explained.