Indian military on ‘high alert’ over crisis in Maldives

Exiled former president calls for ‘physical presence’ to help lift state of emergency

Maldivian police officers stand guard near the Maldives Democratic Party opposition party headquarters after Maldives president Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency for 15 days. Photograph: Reuters

Maldivian police officers stand guard near the Maldives Democratic Party opposition party headquarters after Maldives president Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency for 15 days. Photograph: Reuters

India has placed its military on “high alert” in anticipation of its possible deployment to neighbouring Maldives, following appeals by the island republic’s opposition for armed intervention to defuse an ongoing constitutional crisis.

Senior military sources in New Delhi said the country’s special forces units and naval and air force assets were on standby for “conceivable employment at short notice” to the Maldives to restore order in the Indian Ocean archipelago and to evacuate Indians from it.

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