The Indian High Commission in Male revealed today that the work to bring in sniffer dogs from India to combat drug trafficking in the Maldives has stalled.
An official of the High Commission said today that the Indian government had agreed to bring in sniffer dogs to the Maldives on request by the Maldives Police Service.
Police last June had said that four dogs would be brought in very soon to assist the Police in combating drug trafficking.
The official of the Indian High Commission stated that though the Indian government had made preparations to bring in the dogs to the Maldives, the Maldives Police Service had then said that an environment to keep the animals were absent in the Maldives. Hence the work has now been stalled, official added.
"When the Police made the request to bring in the dogs, we began work to facilitate the request immediately. But later the Police told us that they were not ready. Since then there has been little progress," Official detailed.
In relation to the matter, Police Service insisted that the bringing of sniffer dogs has not been abandoned. Police media official Sub Inspector Hassan Haneef explained that the request to bring in the dogs, work of the Police Academy and Police vehicles had been made with the assistance of the Indian government. He predicted that the delay in bringing in the dogs was down to the order of precedence of the requests.
"We have not abandoned that initiative. It has been decided to move forward as soon as possible," Haneef added.