In a warning sign for India on the Maldives becoming a major challenge in combating Islamic terrorism, extremists disrupted the International Yoga Day celebration at Maldives national football stadium in the capital city. Following the incident, all the participants were forced to leave the premises immediately.
The incident happened today morning. The mob barged into the stadium at 0630 hours and threatened the Yoga and meditation practitioners if they continued to perform the exercise. Surprisingly, Maldives was among the 177 nations that voted in favour of co-sponsoring the UN resolution to observe the day.
Local police had to resort to shelling tear gas into the field to disperse the protestors. The radical elements had already threatened such action if they continued with holding it. As per the reports, Yoga meditation is a highly-contested subject among Islamic scholars with contrastingly polarizing opinions.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih assured of instituting an investigation into the incident that had happened at the Stadium.