UN ship detained by India reaches Karachi

July 25th, 2010 - 5:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Rawalpindi, July 25(ANI): United Nations’ cargo vessel “MV Aegean Glory”, which was earlier detained by Indian authorities at the Kolkata port, has reached Karachi dockyard.

The Indian Navy, the Customs and the police at Kolkata’s Diamond Harbour had detained the Liberian-registered ship on June 25 for not having relevant documents for military hardware and explosives onboard.

MV Aegean Glory was carrying decommissioned weaponry of Pakistani, Nepalese and Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers from a mission in Liberia, The News reports. After unloading the cargo of the Bangladesh contingent at Chittagong, the vessel headed towards Kolkata for unloading of the Nepalese cargo.

However, it came under investigation, after security agencies raised an alarm when discrepancies were found in the cargo lists provided by the ship’s captain and clearing agent.

The captain had revealed to Indian officials that the ship was carrying rocket launchers, sophisticated arms and ammunition and anti-aircraft guns, while the clearing agent had not mentioned ‘military hardware’ as one of the goods on board in his cargo list.

The Indian authorities released the ship after 12 days on July 8. (ANI)

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