Rak crew booked under Environment Protection Act

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 18:11

Mumbai: The city police, which registered
an FIR under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC)
against owner and crew members of the sunken vessel MV Rak
have now booked them under the Environment (Protection) Act
and Water (Prevention And Control Of Pollution) Act.

The FIR under IPC section 336 (act endangering life or
personal safety of others) was registered against the owner,
captain and crew members on Friday, a day after Rak had sunk
20 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast.

The next day, the ship`s captain, Arkan Abdul Khalil
Yunus (36), a Jordanian, and chief engineer Ioneseu Ion (54),
a Romanian, were arrested and later released on bail.

"As the Rak started spilling oil, causing water pollution
and environmental problems, today, we added relevant sections
of Environment (Protection) Act and Water (Prevention And
Control Of Pollution) Act as well against them," said Bharat
Bhoite, Inspector at Yellow Gate police station.

The cargo laden vessel, which was on its way from
Indonesia`s Tutung to Dahej in Gujarat with 60,000 tonnes of
coal, had a 30-member crew of Indonesian, Jordanian and
Romanian nationalities. They were rescued by the Indian Navy
and Coast Guard personnel before the vessel sank on Thursday.

Stating that about 80 to 100 tonnes of oil had leaked
from the vessel into the Arabian sea, the Coast Guard
yesterday had said the city was unlikely to be affected from
the spill.


First Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 18:11

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