Yoga Day violence: Additional four suspects released

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/

Four additional suspects arrested wo arrests in connection to the mob attack on the event held at the national football stadium on June 21, to mark World Yoga Day, have been released.

Police said that all four suspects were granted conditional release only.

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 over 20 suspects in connection to the mob attack on the event, including top PPM politician, former MP Mohamed Ismail, local Islamic scholars Sheikh Adam Nishan and Sheikh Mohamed Fazloon. Many of them including Mohamed Ismail, Fazloon and Nishan have also been released.

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