Chennai: Tamil Nadu Police today defended its action of detaining the US ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio asserting there is prima facie case against them for illegally straying into Indian territorial waters.
The law of the land would apply to the detained crew and also the ship as it was impounded within the territorial waters of the country, police sources said here.
The sources said “The ship was found straying at 10.48 nautical miles from the nearest Indian shore and 15 nautical miles from Tuticorin port, which is our territorial and historic waters and the law of the land very much prevails there. We have our jurisdiction there.”
The police were coordinating with the Central agencies while dealing with the issue as the ship belonged to a private US firm, the sources said.
Confirming that the ship was in possession of 34 fire arms, they said that it didn't have the necessary documents from Sierra Leone, where the vessel was registered.