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India arrests U.S. ship crew

Thirty-five people from a U.S. ship detained in India arrive at a police station in Tamil Nadu. They were arrested on Friday for failing to produce paperwork authorising the carriage of weapons and ammunition in Indian waters. Their vessel, owned by Virginia-based anti-piracy and maritime security firm AdvanFort, was seized on October 11th. There were 10 crew and 25 security guards on board at the time. Defence analyst Bharat Verma says the arrest of the crew is lawful if they were in Indian waters. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DEFENCE AND STRATEGIC AFFAIRS ANALYST BHARAT VERMA SAYING: "If the ship is within our waters of 12 nautical miles and without permission then to arrest the ship's crew and capture the ship is absolutely legitimate." No-one from from AdvanFort or the U.S consulate in Chennai was immediately available for comment on the latest developments in the case.

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