NEW DELHI: Soon after the former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was dragged into a court by the police there, India said it was concerned over the arrest and manhandling of the former head of the island nation, which is bogged down by political unrest for some time.
A day after arrest, Nasheed arrived at the criminal court on Monday afternoon. He tried to speak to reporters but was pushed towards the court by the special police officers. When he protested their action, a scuffle ensued and he fell to the ground. Later, he was dragged to the court premises.
According to the local media, Nasheed limped towards the court, using his tie as a sling for his injured arm. His shirt was torn and glasses were missing. A few hours later, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin aired India’s first response. “We are concerned over the recent developments in Maldives, including the arrest and manhandling of former President Nasheed,” he said.