New Delhi, Feb 5:  Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared emergency amidst increasing protests in the capital Male. The emergency will enable the army and security forces to crack down on protesters who brought the capital to a standstill after President Yammen refused to abide by country’s Supreme Court’s order. The apex court of Maldives had ordered to reinstate 12 expelled parliamentarians. Also Read - CBSE Results 2020: Class 12 Compartment Exam Results to Be Declared by October 10

Commenting on the deepening crisis, MP Eva Abdulla said the basic rights of the people have been suspended. “All basic rights have been suspended. Security forces have sweeping powers to arrest and search,” ANI quoted Abdullah as saying. Also Read - No Coercive Action Against Facebook Chief in Delhi Riots Case Till Oct 15: Supreme Court to Delhi Assembly

The protest began soon after Yameen refused to obey Supreme Court order and did not reinstate  12 opposition lawmakers. The reinstatement of the disqualified Members of Parliament, if achieved, would allow the opposition to claim that it is in the majority, and therefore, have the right to form the government post President Yameen’s exit from office. Also Read - Provide Food & Monetary Support Urgently to Starving 1.2 Lakh Sex Workers: SC Directs States

The people of Maldives have also been demanding resignation from President Yameen owing to corruption charges. Unfazed by opposition’s attacks, President Yameen defended himself and wrote letters to Chief Justice to revoke his decision.

Indians should avoid unnecessary travel to Maldives, says MEA

Indian government, through its missions, advised Indian nationals should avoid all unnecessary travel during the emergency. “Prevailing political developments in Maldives & resultant law & order situation is a matter of concern for GoI. Indian nationals are advised to defer all non-essential travels to Male and other atolls until further notice,” said Ministry of External Affairs in a statement.

“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,” added statement.