Chennai: The Tamil Nadu police have arrested 35 crew members of an American ship for carrying weapons without permit.
They have been taken to the Muthaihpuram police station near the Tuticorin dockyard, where they will be formally put under arrest
Earlier, Deputy Security Advisor Nehchal Sandhu on Thursday maintained that no exceptions would be made under law as far as the investigation into the detained American ship, which allegedly had illegal weapons onboard, and said that the probe has been transferred to the Tamil Nadu CID.
" It is a straight matter of law. An FIR (First Information Report) has been registered. Investigations are afoot. They have been transferred from the maritime police to 'Q' branch of the Tamil Nadu CID. Whatever is permissible and appropriate under law will happen," Sandhu said, when asked about the progress of the probe.
The Home Ministry reportedly asked the Tamil Nadu government to probe into the case and submit a report to the Centre on the purpose of the armed American ship treading into Indian waters.