The police detained the MV Seaman Guard Ohio ship owned by US company AdvanFort on Saturday accusing it of illegally transporting weapons and ammunition in Indian waters.
According to reports, 31 assault rifles and around 5,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the ship.
India investigators are now trying to determine whether the ship was involved in arms trafficking or was it a floating armory to fight the pirates in the high seas, said media reports.
Media reports said that representatives of AdvanFort in India have met with Coast Guard officials to discuss the issue while a police case has been filed against the 35 people on board for illegally transporting arms and ammunition.
The Centre has also asked the Tamil Nadu government for a detailed report.
Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the matter is being investigated and they are awaiting the report of its completion.
Deputy National Security Adviser Nehchal Sandhu has been quoted in media saying that the since there is piracy in the Strait of Malacca and in the Gulf, people who provide security need a floating armory and it is his suspicion that "the boat in Tuticorin is a floating armoury for one of these private security agencies."
He said: "My suspicion is that the boat that has come in at Tuticorin is one of those mother ships, which has a number of security personnel and a number of weapons onboard. The law will take its course. You know how the law applies."
He, however, said that it is not known on what mandate they got these weapons or had these weapons onboard.
--IBNS (Posted on 16-10-2013)