Three migrants arrested for idolatry in Bilehdhoo

Migrant workers publicly practice idolatry in F. Bilehdhoo on September 1, 2022. (Photo/Social Media)

Police have made three arrests in connection to open dolatry in F. Bilehdhoo last week.

The incident involving migrant workers in Bilehdhoo walking around the island holding an idol took place on Thursday.

Police arrested three migrants involved in the incident on Saturday. They were identified as a 27-year-old male, a 37-year-old male, and a 39-year-old male.

The court remanded them into custody of the police for 10 days on Sunday.

Bilehdhoo Council’s president Ahmed Aslam told Sun the incident took place Thursday afternoon.

The council became aware of the incident when photos went viral on social media Thursday night.

“The people believed to have been involved are Indian nationals. We asked for strict action against all involved,” said Aslam.

The homes of the migrants involved were searched by police in the presence of the suspects and some locals.

One of the locals present told Sun that they admitted they made the idol themselves.

“They said they made the idol themselves. And that they painted it themselves,” said the local. “They said they worshipped the idol and sank it underwater.”

Open practice of idolatry is prohibited in Maldives.