Cargo ship crew not under detention: TN Police
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 22:21
Madurai: Tamil Nadu Police on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that the crew members of a sunk cargo vessel from Panama have not been detained as alleged by a global workers body but only accommodated in a star hotel with adequate protection.

Police said the eight crew members of MV Mirach, which sank off Manavalakurichi coast in the state on April 4 while on a voyage from Vishakapattinam to Karachi in Pakistan carrying iron ore, were healthy and being provided food.

There was no illegal detention and the sailors have been accommodated in hotel by the shipping company itself. There was no objection to anyone meeting them, Manavalakurichi Police said in its counter-affidavit to the petition by K Sreekumar of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITWF) seeking their release.

MV Mirach, registered in the Republic of Panama, hit a rock due to bad weather condition and got stranded on March 29. It sank on April 4 after all efforts to redeem it failed, the counter said.

Sreekumar had submitted that the police had illegally detained eight persons from the crew after releasing 15 others.

Justices S Rajeswaran and GM Akbar Ali of the high court bench here who heard the case adjourned it to June 17.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 22:21

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