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Detained Karachi-bound ship brought to Kolkata

Last Updated: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 19:33

Kolkata: The detained Karachi-bound
ship, laden with military hardware, ammunition and explosives,
was on Sunday brought to the Kolkata Port from Diamond Harbour for

West Bengal DGP Bhupinder Singh said that police,
Navy, Coast Guard and Customs were trying to confirm the
genuineness and details of the consignment carried by the ship
Aegean Glory Kingstown.

The customs authorities had, meanwhile, received a
communication from the UN confirming the consignment, Singh

"Customs will now decide the future course of action
regarding the Liberia-registered ship sailing from Chittagong
in Bangladesh," he said.

The cargo ship was detained by the police at Diamond
Harbour in West Bengal`s South 24-Parganas district last

The captain of the vessel was deboarded and questioned
yesterday after the papers provided by him were found not in

"Papers and documents furnished by the captain of the
ship to police and Customs were found inconsistent," Singh

The Navy and Coast Guard personnel after boarding the
153-m ship on Friday found a huge quantity of explosives,
rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and smoke bombs in two
large containers.

Senior police and customs officials, who expressed
surprise about the Pakistan-bound ship passing through Indian
waters, visited the vessel when it was anchored at Diamond
Harbour on a hovercraft.


First Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 19:33
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