New Delhi, Jan. 10: Maldives has banned the purported Twitter handle of a fundamentalist party known for its "extremely offensive and threatening messages" against India and Indians, signalling an effort to mend ties frayed by the GMR row.
The action on Tuesday came at the insistence of the Indian high commission, which had complained about the hate messages sent from the Adhaalath Party's purported account.
One of the tweets from @adhaalath urged Maldivians to "march onto the Indian High Commission" and "occupy" it.
Adhaalath was at the forefront of protests against Indian companies, particularly GMR. The Hyderabad-based infrastructure major saw a $500-million contract to redevelop the Male airport scrapped in November. One tweet dubbed GMR "a vampire". "It is a Hindu and Jewish conspiracy to suck our economy dry. This is why we call for jihad against India."
New Delhi suspects the Mohamed Waheed government's decision to annul the deal was meant to placate parties like the Adhaalath.
The row led to a spat with Male, with New Delhi threatening to slash the number of visas given to Maldivians for medical treatment.
The high commission had since September sought action against the anti-India propaganda, fearing it could result in attacks on Indians.
Complaints were made to the Male police chief and the foreign ministry, followed by a case against Adhaalath on November 18. But the toxic content didn't end. The call for the mission raid came late last month.
After suspending the handle earlier this week, the authorities launched a probe and promised safety for Indians, sources said.