According to police reports, former Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who had sought political asylum in India, was sent back to his home country. On Thursday, he had reached India via sea route but was denied entry as he did not possess any valid document.
“Adheeb left for his home country in the same ship,” police said.
“The Maldivian leader left Tuticorin coast by midnight,” a police official told PTI.
Coast Guard personnel oversaw the vessel leaving Indian waters. He was questioned on-board by various central agencies, they said.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Adheeb was also not entering India through a designated entry point.
“There are designated entry points through which foreigners are allowed entry into India. The entry is facilitated on the basis of appropriate valid travel documents,” he said.
“In the instant case, since he was not entering India through a designated entry point and did not possess the valid document, he has not been permitted entry into India,” Kumar added.
“Adheeb had sought political asylum in India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country,” a UK lawyer representing the politician had said.