Reacting to the attack, President Waheed's spokesperson Masood Imad told NDTV, "It's a grievous, regrettable incident. We will make sure that no attacks on Indians take place and we will catch the suspects."
Former President Nasheed issued a statement saying, "I condemn the vandalism of the Indian High commissioner's car and call on the government to launch an investigation immediately."
An estimated 28,000 Indians work in the Maldives apart from tourists who frequent the holiday paradise. Sources say it's a signal being sent to India in a highly vitiated political atmosphere in the archipelago.
Sources also say that a top diplomat's vehicle was stopped a few weeks back and he was allowed to proceed only after about 20 minutes. Those sources add the car then didn't have diplomatic license plates and was connected to Indian company GMR - that was evicted from Male in December 2012.
Ex-President Nasheed had also taken refuge in the High Commission for almost two weeks when an arrest warrant was issued against him earlier this year. He emerged only after the international community and India pushed for free, fair and inclusive elections.
Mr Nasheed is seeking re-election in the presidential polls which have been delayed after the Supreme Court annulled the first round.
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