Maldives Crisis: Indians Cautioned Against Travelling To Maldives

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New Delhi: With Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declaring a state of emergency amid a political crisis in the country, the Indian government on Monday cautioned citizens against travelling to the Maldives. India on Friday called for peace and stability in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

Yameen officially announced that the Maldives was in a state of emergency for the duration of 15 days starting on Monday night.

“The prevailing political developments in Maldives and the resultant law and order situation is a matter of concern for the government of India,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. The state of emergency gives security officials extra powers to arrest suspects, the BBC reported.

“Indian nationals are, therefore, advised to defer all non-essential travels to Male and other atolls until further notice.

“Indian expatriates in Maldives are also alerted to the need for heightened security awareness, and urged to exercise due caution in public and avoid public gatherings.”

The Maldives has been facing days of unrest after the Supreme Court issued a ruling last week to release top opposition political leaders including former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, saying they must be freed until fair trials could be conducted without undue influence.

The government has already suspended Parliament and ordered the army to resist any moves by the Supreme Court to impeach the President.