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Free 18 Indians on board seized tanker, Delhi tells Tehran

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Iran’s Bandar Abbas port (Reuters) NEW DELHI: The government has approached Iran for release of Indian nationals who are among the crew on board a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Tehran in the Strait of Hormuz where tensions have run high following tightening of US sanctions and deployment of American forces. Our mission is in touch with the government of Iran to secure early release and repatriation of Indian nationals,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, responding to a query on detention of Indian crew members along with oil tanker Stena Impero by Iranian authorities. According to a media report, there are 23 crew members on board the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran. Iran’s seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker was allegedly due to a collision with an Iranian fishing boat, Iran’s official news agency IRNA said. In the tanker incident, US reports said Iran was responsible while a video showed what was claimed to be an IRGC vessel removing a mine from near one of the tankers.

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