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Former Maldives vice president who tried to enter India without valid documents sent back by Coast Guard

Tug on which Former Maldives vice president had entered Indian waters. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 03, 2019, 09.47 AM (IST) Edited By: Puniti Pandey

Former Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, who entered India illegally on Thursday, has been sent back by Coast Guard.

Tuticorin police department said that Adeeb was escorted back by the Coast Guard in the same vessel Virgo 9, the tug boat, in which he entered Indian waters. 

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The former vice president who secretly fled the Maldives on a boat to India was not allowed to set foot on Indian soil.

The tugboat in which he reached Indian waters was kept around 50 metres away from the Tuticorin harbour in southern Tamil Nadu.

Adeeb was detained after his tugboat was seized by the Coast Guard near the coast of Thoothukudi on Thursday.

Abeed will be handed over to Maldivian authorities in international waters. He is expected to be handed over on Monday after a 48-hour journey from Tuticorin to International waters.

Authorities performed medical check up on the former vice president and have provided adequate rations and supplies for the journey.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that he was not allowed entry into the country as he did not possess valid documents.

The MEA spokesperson added foreigners were permitted to enter the country only through a designated entry and Adeeb was restricted as he was not entering from a designated point.

Adeeb was convicted by a Maldivian court in a plot to assassinate former president Abdulla Yameen.

The country's Supreme Court had quashed the sentence and ordered a fresh trial in the case.