More than a month after the captain of a Turkish merchant vessel and his crew member were arrested for raising an alarm against an “armed intruder”, they were also booked for entering the country illegally and possessing arms without permit.
On March 21, the Yellow Gate police had arrested Akgun Serkat, 31, the captain of MV Kormel, and Ibrahim Mallik Gul, 43, a crew member, after Serkat raised an alarm claiming Gul was an armed “intruder”.
Serkat claimed Gul had entered MV Kormel when it was stationed in Mumbai Port’s inner anchorage. But investigations revealed that Gul was hired as a security guard on the ship, but he was not registered on the list of crew members.
“We have no record of Gul being a crew member of MV Kormel. We also found two pistols on board. We were told that they were given to Gul when he was first appointed as a security guard for MV Kormel,” said Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of police (Port Zone).
On March 20, the vessel traffic management system received a distress call from MV Kormel, which was stationed in the inner anchorage of Mumbai Port, claiming that an armed man was aboard the vessel and threatening the crew members. It was later discovered that Gul had threatened Serkat with a knife.