The Indian Coast Guard detained on Tuesday a Russian merchant vessel MV Sevastopol. As The Times of India website reports, the vessel was forbidden to leave the country due to a court examination of its crew.
According to the official representative of India’s Ministry of Defence, such a decision was issued by the Madras High Court (Chennai) after the Indian company had appealed to it to “solve a commercial dispute” between the crew and the company. The Ministry refused to reveal any details.
Monday night the vessel left the Mumbai port without permission trying to reach international waters, however it was detained by the Coast Guard ship after several hours of chase. The crew stopped the vessel 200 km from Mumbai just after the Guard’s warning about use of force, the newspaper’s source said.
First published in Russian by TASS.
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