The former Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb touched Tuticorin port in a tugboat. He was arrested by the TamilNadu Government for trespassing to India without any official permission. The port in Thoothukkudi is an undesignated point and also with no valid documents its a crime to try to enter India. He was reportedly disguised as a crew member of the tugboat named Virgo 9. It was a Singapore registered boat with 9 crew members including an Indian and remaining all Indonesians.
“There are designated entry points through which foreigners are allowed entry into India,” Raveesh Kumar spoke from Indian foreign ministry. “The entry is facilitated on the basis of appropriate valid travel documents. In the instant case, since he (Adeeb) was not entering India through a designated entry point and did not possess the valid document, he has not been permitted entry into India,” he added.
Ahmed Adeeb’s appeal for medical attention was rejected several times by the Maldives Government. He is facing serious criminal charges in his homeland. He had reportedly tried to blow up the speedboat the former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen was traveling upon on September 2015. The court found him guilty and sentenced him to spend 15 years in Jail in 2016. But by May 2019 the sentence was revoked according to official records. As he was facing aforesaid charges it is unlikely that the Maldivian Government has given clearance to his Visa. India Government considers this as an International Issue so has given enough attention to find all the details regarding the involvement of The Maldives Government on the matter.
Last time he was spotted before his appearance in Indian Port was in an eye hospital in Pune. Now it is quite unclear why he tried to infiltrate into India. As he is not a potential threat he will either be sent back to the Maldives or Indian Government will act in accordance with the interest of Maldivian Government on this matter.