Maldives Police Service arrested four people over the weekend for violating the nationwide travel ban implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Police disclosed that three local men aged 26, 28 and 32 had attempted to illegally leave Himandhoo, Alif Alif Atoll via a dinghy at 2345 hrs on April 30. They turned back after the island's task force caught sight of them in the lagoon and hailed them with a torch.
Police stated that the three of them were arrested the following night under a court order.
The fourth arrest was a 29-year-old man who fled from Maalhos to Dharavandhoo, Baa Atoll, in a canoe at 0700 hrs on May 1.
The man was taken under custody at 0026 hrs on May 2, after the police discovered him on Dharavandhoo.
Police stated that the two cases were being investigated and did not reveal further information.
Police have made several arrests over illegal attempts to leave islands or cross-island travel after the authorities implemented the travel ban across on Maldives on April 17 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest violations include a duo that travelled from Maalhendhoo to Kendhikulhudhoo, Noonu Atoll, and two others that travelled from Kurinbi to Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, last week.