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Maldives’ Muizzu government has made the most serious allegation on India so far, will India give a befitting reply?

Maldives-India: Maldives’ Muizzu government has once again made serious allegations against India. Maldives Defense Minister Ghassan Maumoon said that Indian military pilots had carried out an operation in Maldives without permission in the year 2019, the issue of which was also raised in Parliament. The Indian High Commission in Maldives has denied this allegation made by Maldives. In a statement issued by the Indian High Commission on Tuesday, it was said that Indian aviation platforms have always been operated with agreed procedures and proper authorization.

On 11 May 2024, Maldives Defense Minister Ghassan Maumoon said during a press conference that an unauthorized landing was carried out by the Indian ALH platform on 9 October 2019. The Indian High Commission replied to this on 14 May. The High Commission said that Indian aviation platforms have always operated in Maldives with agreed procedures. The landing which was discussed in the press conference was also done after the approval of MNDF. The High Commission said that as far as landing was concerned, the landing was done at Thimarafushi Airport after obtaining on-ground permit from ATC in case of urgent need. During this time the safety of the crew had to be ensured.

Allegation of secret helicopter landing
Contrary to the Indian High Commission, Minister Ghassan Maumoon had said on Saturday that in the year 2019, the Indian Army had landed a secret helicopter in Thimmarafushi, Maldives. Maumoon said that he had seen the report of the National Security Service of the Parliament Committee, in which this thing has come to light. Minister Ghassan claimed that when he was an MLA, the matter was being reviewed by the Parliament’s Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee).

Maldives does not have capable pilots
While answering the questions of the media, the Maldivian Minister had said that Maldives does not have capable pilots to operate the helicopters and Dornier aircraft given by India. In fact, on May 9, as per the previous conditions, all the Indian soldiers had left Maldives, after which the Defense Minister of the country was answering the questions of the media in the press conference. During this period, many things came to light regarding the ongoing disputes and agreements between the two countries.

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