There are 24 Indian military personnel managing a chopper, 25 managing a Dornier and 26 managing a second Dornier in the Maldives. In addition, there are two more for maintenance and engineering.
Yameen loyalists accused Muizzu of seeking to hijack the leadership of their Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), and the former president will now form his own party.
Muizzu's request came when India's Union Minister Kiren Rejiju paid a courtesy call on the new president at the latter's office, the Maldivian President's Office said in a press release.
The coastguard of Maldives National Defence Force seized Tharuvaikulam fishing vessel named 'Holy Spirit' on October 22, with 12 fishermen onboard, for allegedly entering the Maldivian maritime zone.
Muizzu, the pro-China president-elect of Maldives, defeated incumbent president Ibrahim Solih on September 30, winning marginally by nearly 54 percent of the votes.
Mohamed Muizzu, to be sworn in as Maldivian president, vows to expel Indian troops, says will not allow China, any other nation to replace them
Muizzu's election success in September hinged on a sustained campaign against India's outsized political and economic clout in the Maldives, and specifically his pledge to eject Indian forces.
Considered to be one of the preferred ports for international cruises because of the presence of United Nations heritage sites, Chennai received more than 90,000 tourists in 2022-23.
Addressing reporters, he said the Tharuvaikulam fishermen, who were arrested by the Maldivian authorities, recently attended an inquiry related to the appeal petition filed by the vessel owner.
Stalin said the Maldives authorities directed that the penalty should be paid within 30 days and the boats would be detained until the fine is paid.
Chief Minister MK Stalin has already urged the centre to intervene in the matter.
The Indian government has been focussing on repatriating us, but we need the vessel back, or we will lose our jobs.
An official note from the Maldivian govt said there was no evidence of unruly weather at sea on October 19, to corroborate the fishermen's claim that the vessel drifted into the country's territory.
Preliminary investigative findings show the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder near Kamunudhoo's fish market, a police spokesperson was quoted as saying.
The Indian High Commissioner was the third envoy the Maldivian President met on Wednesday after the British High Commissioner and the Chinese Ambassador.
Muizzu is known to have strong leanings towards China, like his mentor and former President Abdulla Yameen.
Muiz's main campaign theme was about an alleged threat to the Maldives' sovereignty by some Indian military personnel on an island, part of the party's yearslong “India out” strategy.
Incoming president Muizzu is expected to steer Male towards China-centric trade relations, but that cannot come at the cost of burning bridges with its historical ally, New Delhi.
Considering the inclination of Muizzu towards China, speculation is rife that all the diplomatic and political clout that India exercised in Maldives will now be a thing of the past.
The election has turned into a virtual referendum on which regional power — India or China — will have the biggest influence in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.
Maldivians vote in a runoff presidential election that will decide whether India or China holds sway
Neither the main opposition candidate Mohamed Muiz nor incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih got more than 50% in the first round of voting earlier in September, triggering a runoff election.