Four people under investigation for ‘India Out’ graffiti

ADK Hospital's wall vandalized with ‘India Out’ graffiti. (Photo/VNews)

Police have opened investigations against four people for vandalizing properties with graffiti and leaving flyers on the streets linked to the ‘India Out’ movement. 

‘India Out’ is a political campaign led by the opposition to protest against Indian military presence in Maldives. 

A police spokesperson said police were working on identifying and investigating suspects in connection to ‘India Out’ graffiti and flyers. 

The spokesperson said the police had identified four suspects in the case, and were investigating them. 

However, no arrests have been made yet, said the spokesperson. 

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih issued a decree banning the ‘India Out’ movement on April 21, deeming it a threat to national security.

However, the opposition continued to put up banners and graffiti the walls of buildings with slogans linked to the movement.

President Solih said in his decree that the ‘India Out’ movement was a deliberate attempt to hinder the longstanding relations between Maldives and India, and international efforts to maintain security in the region, and that incitement to hatred against a specific country put Maldives at risk of loss of peace and stability, huge economic and social burden, and isolation in the international arena.