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High court seeks TN Govt's view for providing A class facility in prison for US Sailors

 The Madurai bench of the Madras High court directed Tamil Nadu government's Home Secretary to consider the British Sailors's request for providing A class facilities in the Chennai prison where they are undergoing imprisonment for carrying illegal arms on board their ship since the beggining of this year.

 The Court asked the Home secretary to consider their respresentation and give their decision within two months. Two British crew members of the US anti piracy ship Seaman guard Ohio are among the 35 members serving prison sentence in the Chennai jail for for carrying arms illegally.

 The sailors had represented to the Court that they had superior living conditions in their country and were the highest tax payers. This alone should be sufficient criteria to treat them as A class prisoners.

 An Indian Coastguard ship intercepted the US vessel off the Kanyakumari coast nearly four years ago and found the ship was carrying arms illegally. The Q branch of the Tamil Nadu state police  booked the crew members under various sections of law including arms and essential commodities act.

 The Tuticorin district and session court sentenced the crew members  to five years rigorous imprisonment. 
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