Significantly, exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed today sought India's diplomatic and military intervention+ to resolve the crisis in the country after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and got arrested the top judge of the country's apex court.
Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, who's now in exile, has called on nearby India and the U.S.to intervene in the crisis.
Even as Indian security establishment kept a close watch on the fast-paced development in the Maldives, reports have surfaced that island nation's security forces stormed their Supreme Court and arrested Maldives Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge Ali Hameed over alleged corruption charges.
Three of the five Supreme Court Justices for the Maldives have annulled their own order to free political prisoners after two of the court's justices were arrested.
"Indian nationals are, therefore, advised to defer all non-essential travels to Male and other atolls until further notice".
The government has already suspended Parliament and ordered the army to resist any moves by the Supreme Court to impeach the President.
President Abdulla Yameen has declared a state of emergency to investigate a "coup" against him.
"We believe that the Maldives government, political parties and people have the wisdom and ability to cope with the present situation themselves", Geng told a daily news briefing. "We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was", he said.
The emergency decree gives officials sweeping powers to make arrests, to search and seize property and to restrict freedom of assembly.
With the political crisis in the Maldives showing no signs of abating, the chief justice has reportedly also received threats to his life via anonymous telephone calls.
"In the light of the latest situation in the Maldive Chinese Foreign Ministry adjusted the security alert level and asked the Chinese citizens to closely follow the local situation and not to travel to the Maldives", Geng said. The Yameen government refused to implement the ruling, prompting a wave of protests in Maldives capital, Male.
Abdullah Riyaz, a former Commissioner of Police said, "People of Maldives are demanding the President to step down".
Early on Tuesday opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was charged with bribery and attempting to overthrow the government, his lawyer said on Twitter.