Yoga Day violence: Six suspects released from custody

A mob storms an event held to celebrate the International Day of Yoga at the national football stadium in Male' City on June 21, 2022. (Photo/

Six of the suspects arrested in connection to the mob attack on the Yoga Day event held in Male’ City last June have been released from police custody.

A police spokesperson told Sun six of the suspects were released on Monday after completing necessary investigations.

Police have yet to disclose the identities of the suspects released.

The yoga event, organized by the Indian Cultural Center and the Sports Ministry, was held on the morning of June 21, and was attended by dozens of participants, foreign ambassadors including Indian High Commissioner Munu Mahawar, diplomats, and government officials.

A mob of angry protestors had stormed the stadium, and threatened and assaulted some of the participants, and destroyed property.

Police arrested 21 suspects in connection to the mob attack on the event, including local Islamic scholars Al-Sheikh Adam Nishan and Al-Sheikh Mohamed Fazloon.

The case is under investigation by the Serious and Organized Crime Department.