India on Monday expressed concern over recent political developments in the Maldives and the resultant law and order situation, and asked its nationals to defer all non-essential travels to the Indian Ocean nation until further notice

In an advisory, the external affairs ministry said 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 prevailing political developments in Maldives and the resultant law and order situation is a matter of concern for the government. Indian nationals are, therefore, advised to defer all non-essential travels to Male and other atolls until further notice,” the advisory said

The advisory by India came immediately after beleaguered Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency

This will give sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects, and comes amid a deepening political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation as Yameen refuses to comply with a Supreme Court order to release political prisoners.

Exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed t hasĀ  sought India’s diplomatic and military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the island nation after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and troops arrested the top judge.

 

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