Abdul Samad, the president of the People's Progressive Party's Hulhumale constituency, has been detained by Indian immigration officers while he was in the country for medical treatment.
According to a source close to Abdul Samad, the Indian immigration officers came to Manipal Hospital in Bangalore and detained him, stating their intention to deport him. The reason for his detention is currently unclear.
Abdul Samad is known to be an active member of the Maldives opposition and regularly takes part in the India Out rallies in the Maldives. This move by the Indian authorities has raised concerns among the opposition members and human rights activists who believe that this might be politically motivated.
It is also worth mentioning that Indian authorities are known for harassing and ill-treating Maldivian citizens who visit India for various purposes. This has led to a growing concern among the Maldivian citizens who travel to India for medical treatments and other necessities.