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Ihavandhoo restrictions on expat workers unlawful: LGA

People fishing from the lagoon of H.A. Ihavandhoo. PHOTO: AHMED AURAF/MIHAARU

Local Government Authority (LGA) declared Monday that the strict restrictions imposed on expatriate workers by the island council of Haa Alif atoll Ihavandhoo are invalid.

Ihavandhoo Island Council issued strict limitations and rules against resident expat workers in the island after a local man, Ismail Umar, was found murdered in Ihavandhoo’s ice plant last Friday. Police reported that a Bangladeshi national, who was employed at the ice plant, has confessed to the crime.

In the wake of the arrest, the island council announced strict actions against expatriate workers as Ismail Umar is the second local to have been killed by an expatriate in Ihavandhoo, leading to heightened fear and anxiety among local residents. The rules include a curfew at 10:00 p.m. and restricting expatriates from gathering in groups except between 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, fishing in any area under the jurisdiction of the island council, collecting coconuts, firewood and other such materials from the woods, entering the landfill unless to dispose waste, and attending events held in the island without invitation.

However, LGA pronounced the restrictions as unlawful and therefore invalid. Meanwhile, the parental body of councils stated on its Facebook page that Ihavandhoo Island Council has been informed to instead collaborate with Police to ensure public safety.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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