Police Integrity Commission has alleged that the order by some heads of the Police Service to withdraw the Police from Artificial Beach on the night of February 6 during the simultaneous protest of the then opposition coalition and the ruling party was in violation of he Police Act and their oath.
In a report issued by the commission today following the investigation of allegations made against the Police regarding February 6-7, detailed that video evidence received to the Commission has revealed that violent clashes between the opposing groups had ensued after the Police withdrew from the area that night. Report also stressed that the order to withdraw the Police from the area without the presence of another peace-keeping force was illegitimate. The refusal by the Police to withdraw from the area until another peace-keeping force was deployed was in accordance with the Article 244 (1) of the constitution, Article 6 of the Police Act and their oath, report said.
“This commission believes that the attempts made by the then Police Commissioner Ahmed Faseeh, Deputy Police Commissioner Ismail Atheef, Chief Superintendent Faruhad Fikury, Chief Superintendent Mohamed Hameed, Superintendent Ibrahim Adnan Anees and Superintendent Ahmed Abdul Rahman to withdraw the Police from the area before any other peace-keeping force arrived at the scene were in violation of Article 244 (1) of the constitution, Article 6 and 8 of the Police Act and their oath,” Police Integrity Commission’s report further read.
Commission further revealed of its decision to investigate and take action against every individual Police officer found guilty of violating the constitution, Police Act and their oath.
According to the report, the then Police Commissioner Faseeh and his Deputy Atheef had tried to stop the Police at the Republic Square from returning to the Artificial Beach area. The report while referring to the statements received to the investigation said that the reasons behind the attempts made by the then Police chief and his deputy was that the Police had returned to the Artificial Beach area without any command, the military had assumed charge of the area and the Police had shouted obscenities before leaving to the site of the protest.
“However, the video footage and statements received to the Commission has revealed that clashes had broken out between the opposing groups at the time and the military had failed to take sufficient control of the scene,” report read.
Report also alleged that the attempts made by Faseeh and Atheef to stop the Police from returning to the Artificial Beach area were in violation of the constitution, Police Act and their oath.