Nearly six months after their arrest on charges of entering Indian waters illegally, twelve Indian crew members of a US-based ship were today set free from the prison here following the grant of bail by Madras High Court.
After objections raised by the defence forces, India on Thursday rejected China`s request for permission to allow its four warships to enter Indian maritime zone to search for the missing Malaysian airliner.
The talks between fishermen`s representatives of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka on January 27 be an opportunity to prevent arrest of fishermen from this state and seizure of their boats by the island nation`s naval personnel, Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy said on Sunday.
A top Indian Navy official on Wednesday said there were no incidents of attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy in the country`s waters and asserted that adequate patrolling, including vigil by UAV, was being maintained in the Palk Bay.
India on Friday justified the detention of a ship owned by an American company and the arrest of its crew, saying the action was taken as the vessel in Indian waters carried arms, ammunition and armed guards without necessary authorisation.
Tamil Nadu police on Thursday defended their action of detaining the US ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio asserting there is prima facie case against them for illegally straying into Indian territorial waters.
Security forces have seized 31 assault rifles and around 5,000 rounds of ammunition from the ship detained off the coast of Tuticorin coast, from 35 persons on board including four Indian ex Army and Navy personnel.
Taking a serious view of the suspicious movement of an American ship in Indian waters, the Centre on Monday sought a report from the Tamil Nadu government on the vessel which was detained for carrying arms and buying diesel unauthorisedly.