Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has claimed that Police had assaulted two Parliament members during the party's protest last night.
In a statement MDP alleged that Police had assaulted Milandhoo constituency MP Ali Riza last night, while Manadhoo constituency MP Mohamed Thoriq had been attacked by batons.
“After the attack by Police, Thoriq’s back had been swollen while a mark in the size of a baton was visible,” MDP statement referring to Maafannu-south constituency MP Ibrahim Rasheed read.
MDP statement further alleged that the cowardly premeditated attacks in clear violation of the laws were intended to physically and psychologically impair the Parliament members for being actively involved in the front lines of the party’s ongoing efforts to hold early elections.
Police media official stressed on the importance of filing an official complaint with the relevant authorities to investigate the allegations of such attacks by police officers. He also noted that the police would duly probe such incidents if a complaint is filed with them.
MDP also accused that the party’s repeated calls to ensure the fundamental rights of the people guaranteed by the constitution and the police to act within the contours of the laws have fallen on deaf ears of the present government.
While MDP has constantly claimed that its supporters were being attacked by police officers during the ongoing protests, Police have also stressed that its officers were constantly subject to varying degrees of attacks by protesters. According to Police, 17 officers have been injured during the protests so far while one had been sent abroad for further treatment.
MDP Parliament members have stymied today’s Parliament session due to the arrest of MP Ali Riza last night. But Police have claimed that Riza had been released late last night.