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Indian military can be deployed to protect embassy in Maldives: Swamy
The Janata Party President Dr. Subramanian Swamy has called for the Indian military to be deployed to protect the Indian High Commission in the Maldives' capital Male. He said that under present circumstances, it was possible that Maldives' law enforcement agencies may storm the compound and arrest Nasheed to present him for trial as per a second court arrest warrant.

Dr. Swamy said that under such circumstances nothing can be predictable, adding that therefore, defending the Indian High Commission was something that had to be done now. While supporting Maldives' government kicking out India's GMR consortium from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport upgrade project, he expressed dissatisfaction at the actions the Maldives' government is taking with regard to the matter.

Dr. Swamy called on the Indian government to immediately take measures to protect the Indian embassy in Maldives. He said that no state dignitary can ever be turned back from the auspices of any foreign embassy or diplomatic mission, and added that he supports the Indian High Commission's stand. Nasheed can stay as long as he likes in the embassy, he said, adding that he believed that Nasheed will leave of his own.

However, if Maldives' law enforcement authorities barged into the embassy premises, he said that no one will believe that it was the right course of action. He pointed out that India had given sanctuary to Tibet's Dalai Lama and said that the Indian government should not hesitate to give sanctuary to Nasheed should he come to India.

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