Yoga Day violence: Sheikh Nishan's extended by 16 days

Al-Sheikh Fazloon bin Mohamed and Al-Sheikh Nishan Adam bin Ali Adam. Both were arrested in connection to the attack at the event held to mark World Yoga Day.

The remand of religious scholar, Al-Sheikh Adam Nishan, arrested in connection to the mob attack on the event held at the national football stadium on June 21, to mark World Yoga Day, has been extended by 16 days.

A Police Spokesperson told Sun that Criminal Court had extended Sheikh Nishan’s remand by 16 additional days on Tuesday.

Out of 21 suspects arrested in connection to the mob attack, six suspects were released from custody on Monday.

A police spokesperson told Sun six of the suspects were released on Monday after completing necessary investigations. However, their identities were undisclosed.

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 said in an earlier statement the case was being investigated as a serious matter.

On the day of attack, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, via a tweet, said that the perpetrators will be brought before justice.