Tasers not used in police operation carried out in jails

Maldives Police Service has denied rumors that tasers were used during a special operation carried out at Male' and Maafushi Pirosns on Saturday.

The operation was carried out at the prisons in connection to the May 6 blast that targeted Speaker of the Parliament and former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed. The police said pepper spray was used against two prisoners who resisted cooperation.

Police said one mobile phone with a SIM card was seized while searching jail cells at Male Prison while 43 mobile phones and SIM cards were found from Maafushi Jail. The matter is being investigated by the police.

According to the police, first aid was provided to the two inmates against whom pepper spray was used. A third prisoner who was handcuffed for resisting the police deliberately hit his own head on a stone surface which led to injuries. He has been brought to Male' for treatment. No other prisoners were injured during the operation, the police confirmed.