More than 50 officers from the police and armed forces have been detained by the government, former president Mohamed Nasheed claimed Tuesday.
There have been several media reports about security force personnel in custody although police have only confirmed that two of its officers have been detained.
“Yameen loyalists have detained more than 50 MNDF and Police Officers. Some being detained in their barracks incommunicado; while senior SO police held in Dhoonidhoo. This is worrying. They must be freed,” he tweeted.
There was no immediate comment from police about Nasheed’s claim.
Five Special Ops officers were arrested from Aa. Rasdhoo, a member of the island council told RaajjeMv. The officers were based in the capital but assigned to Rasdhoo after the opposition announced plans for a rally.
Seven army officers from the Special Protection Group have also been detained since Thursday, reported RaajjeMV.
A senior figure from Special Ops, Hussain Saif, was also arrested Thursday for attempting to create division among police officers following the Supreme Court February 1 ruling, Mihaaru reported.
Police confirmed another officer had been arrested but did not reveal details. Sun said Ahmed Asim Hussain had been arrested from H. Dh Kulhudhuffushi on the same charges as Saif.
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