Pak-bound vessel with ammo detained in W Bengal

A Karachi-bound cargo vessel from Bangladesh with heavy military supplies, including explosives, was today detained by the police at Diamond Harbour in West Bengal.

Updated: Jun 25, 2010, 21:43 PM IST

Kolkata: A Karachi-bound cargo vessel from
Bangladesh with heavy military supplies, including explosives,
was today detained by the police at Diamond Harbour in West
Bengal`s South 24 Parganas district, top police officials
said.

Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh told PTI that
"it is a consignment of heavy military supplies meant for a
consignee in Karachi.

"Five tonnes of explosives, a huge quantity of arms and
ammunition were found after the police detained the vessel,"
Singh said.

Describing the incident as `alarming` he said "it`s
surprising why the Pakistani-bound vessel was passing through
Indian waters."

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) S
Karpurakayastha said the arms and ammunition were seized from
two large containers on board the ship which had set sail from
Chittagong in Bangladesh and was registered in Liberia.

"The ship was detained on an intelligence tipoff,"he
said.

The DGP said a police team was searching the vessel with
Coast Guard and Navy personnel cordoning it off.

"The police, Coast Guard and Navy are searching the ship
and verifying documents," police sources said.

The sources said rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns
were found on board.

"The men on board are being interrogated," the DGP
said.

-PTI