Thirty-five crew members of the U.S. ship ‘Seaman Guard Ohio’, which was detained on charges of sailing into the Indian waters without permission and possession of arms and ammunition without valid documents on board on October 12, 2013, were sentenced to undergo a five-year rigorous imprisonment concurrently. Tuticorin District Principal Sessions Court Judge N. Rajasekar on Monday pronounced the verdict. They were punished under Section 25 (1 A), Section 25 (1 B) (a) and Section 25 (1 B) (f) of IPC. Judge Rajasekar also slapped a fine of Rs 3,000 on each of the accused. The ship belongs to a U.S.-based company AdvanFort. It was intercepted by the Coast Guard ship Naikidevi on October 12 and escorted to the V.O.C Port in Tuticorin. The Tharuvaikulam marine police filed the FIR on October 12, 2013 and on the subsequent day, the Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ Branch police filed a case under the Arms Act and the Essential Commodities Act. Later, they were arrested in Tuticorin on October 18, 2013. Among those arrested, 12 of them, including the ship captain were crew members, and 23 others were security guards, according to The Hindu.