Crew of US Ship Carrying Weapons in Indian Territorial Waters Arrested

NEW DELHI: India is not taking any chances this time. After the incident of Italian marines shooting dead two Indian fishermen last year mistaking them for pirates, the crew members of an American ship carrying assault rifles and ammunition were arrested in Tamil Nadu, on Friday. Of the 35 crew members, 33 were arrested and two were left for upkeep and maintenance of the vessel till the company makes alternative arrangements. The arrested seamen were produced before a magistrate court in Tuticorin and remanded to custody.


The state has taken the case seriously and has refused to set the sailors free. The crew and security guards include British, Estonian, Indian and Ukrainian nationals. Eight are Indians. The southern tip of India is close to major trading routes from Asia to Europe. Many cargo ships now travel with armed guards to deter pirates. Sri Lanka, close to Tuticorin, is a popular boarding point for private armed guards.


The ship was reportedly in Indian waters for three days before it was detected. According to the police, the crew broke several Indian laws and maintained no log of the arms on board.

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:00pm