‘Navy keeping watch over Iranian cargo vessel’

Navy has said it was keeping a close eye on the mysterious Iranian cargo vessel MV Assa, anchored near Lakshadweep Islands, though the ship has not violated any law so far.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 08:58 AM IST

Kochi: Navy has said it was keeping a
close eye on the mysterious Iranian cargo vessel MV Assa,
anchored near Lakshadweep Islands, though the ship has not
violated any law so far.

The ship has been anchored there for over a month and so
far Iran has given no explanation to Indian authorities in
this regard. The government had registered a strong protest
with Tehran after the Navy confirmed that the vessel is armed
with heavy machine guns.

"Technically, they are not violating any laws. However,
we are keeping a watch on the ship," Southern Naval Command
flag officer commanding-in-chief Vice Admiral K N Sushil
Saidhe told reporters on board INS Krishna.

PTI