Police warn of crimes planned in midst of New Year celebrations

Maldives Police Service holds a press conference on December 31, 2019. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Maldives Police Service warns it has been tipped-off regarding multiple plans to carry out illegal activities in the midst of New Year celebrations.

It issued the warning in a press conference this Tuesday.

Superintendent of Police, Hussain Sameer said the police had raised their level of alertness in response to the information.

“This service has received information regarding plans to carry out illegal acts in the middle of some of the events being organized by residents of Male’, Hulhumale’ and Vilimale’ to celebrate the New Year,” said Sameer.

He said the police had been running an operation codenamed Operation Riveli to ascertain the safety of residents of Male’ and suburban Hulhumale’, along with visitors, since December 22.

908 people and 6,867 vehicles have been checked as part of the operation, said Sameer.

“The police, in this ongoing operation, have seized items used to aid in muggings, money stolen to fund New Year events, alcohol, drug paraphernalia and drugs,” said Sameer.

He said the police were also conducting searches on properties which they suspect of being used to host criminal activities, and putting their efforts into preventing and restricting the opportunity to carry out criminal activities.

The police have increased the number of officers on patrol, changed their pattern, and have flagged certain locations which are being given a closer watch, said Sameer.