Malé: Two Indian journalists employed by French news agency Agence France-Presse have been arrested in Maldives amid the ongoing crisis in the country, news agency ANI reported on Friday. Money Sharma from Amritsar and Atish Ravji Patel from London, who are both AFP employees, have been arrested under Maldivian SoE decree for ‘national security purposes’.
Emergency was declared in Maldives by President Abdulla Yameen on Monday after the Supreme Court ordered release of opposition leaders. Yameen had called a 15-day state of emergency, deepening a political crisis.
India has strongly reacted to the political turmoil in Maldives saying it was “disturbed” on the declaration of an emergency by the government there and described as a matter of “concern” the arrests of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and political figures.