Two Bangladeshis killed in Maldives

A 25-year old Bangladeshi national, Shaheen Mia, was reportedly stabbed to death in a Malé café in the Maldives during early hours on Sunday (March 22).

Approximately 4:00am on Sunday, masked men dragged Shaheen Mia out from his workplace, Lhiyanu Café, in Malé’s western harbour district and stabbed him in the chest. Shaheen used to work and sleep in the café.

69214_maldipAccording to local media, a violent confrontation had taken place between Lhiyanu Café staff and a group of young men in the early hours of Saturday (21 March) when the expatriate workers refused to serve coffee free of charge. The group had vandalised the café before they left.

According to the Bangladeshi High Commission, Shaheen’s father on receiving news of his son’s death suffered a heart attack and died. Shaheen’s mother has also been hospitalised.

Another Bangladeshi national identified as Bilal was found dead in Alif Alif Atoll Thoddoo Island of the island nation on Monday night.

Quoting President of Thoddoo Council Hassan Ibrahim, Minivan News said Bilal, estimated to be between 20 and 25 years of age, was found dead with a piece of cloth tied around his neck.

Bilal’s employer Hussein Hassan found the dead body at 9:55pm at Seenusanfaage where he had been living with three other expatriate workers.

Local police have questioned the people living with him if there had been any disputes between the Bangladeshi and anyone. They said there had been none and he had only come to the island very recently.

Bilal’s body was brought to Malé at 4:00am Tuesday.

Thoddoo Council’s Assistant Director Ali Adam said that a suicide was “highly unlikely” as Bilal could not have strangled himself with a piece of cloth.

Local media have said there were injuries to Bilal’s face when his body was discovered.

Meanwhile, two other expatriate workers, an Indian and a Bangladeshi, were stabbed in Malé on Wednesday night around 7:30pm and 7:40pm near Malé fish market.

– Ittefaq Report