Two people were stabbed on late Wednesday due to a disagreement that occurred in Dhiffushi, Kaafu Atoll, while locals were chasing a thief.
A total of MVR 180,000 was stolen from Lovely Guard, a store in Dhiffushi, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A significant amount of people joined the search for the perpetrator.
Dhiffushi Council Member Ibrahim Sajid, who owns the store, stated that during the search, some of the money was found in a neighbouring house.
The thief, who was armed with a knife, stabbed two people from the search party.
“One of them was stabbed in the arm, which severed an artery. He is in critical condition”, said Sajid.
The man is now being treated in Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in capital city Male’.
According to Sajid, the second man suffered minor injuries when he jumped the thief as he stabbed his first victim.
“He is being treated in the island’s health centre under police protection”.
While the matter was still ongoing, a speedboat in the island’s lagoon caught fire.
Eyewitnesses declared that some locals purposefully set the boat ablaze.
Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) noted that the speedboat caught fire at approximately 0100 hrs early Wednesday morning and officers rushed to control the situation.Police said that the burning of the unregistered speedboat, ‘Dinghy’, was reported at 0113 hrs. Statements were taken from MNDF as well and more than 60 percent of the boat was damaged.
Sajid claimed that there is a large group of alleged miscreants on the island which has disrupted the peace on numerous occasions. The group's activities had gone unreported as members were never caught in a criminal act before.
“That was why we decided to pursue the thief ourselves. Both women and men participated in the search”, the council member added.
In addition to cash in the safe, several phone cards were taken. He mentioned that it was the third time they were stolen from and MVR 200,000 was stolen previously.