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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gun Running Scheme Broken Up in India UPDATE: Or maybe not?

UPDATE: False alarm?

Reported as Two Retired Royal Army Soldiers Arrested in Arms Smuggling in India, but a Danish flagged ship lies at the heart of this saga:
The crew of the Danish ship MV Danica Sunrise, which was moving towards the Mumbai coast and captured by the Indian security agencies on Sunday admitted that it was carrying AK-47 assault rifles and ship sinking pistols on-board.

Information and confirmation to this effect was made by a senior coast guard officer that,“The crew members have confessed that they had two AK-47 rifles and two ship drowning pistols when they started sailing from Egypt, they had bought the fire arms from the open market there and they had receipts for the same. They sailed from Egypt to Kuwait and then sailed towards India where they said they had decided to wait for a few days and get in touch with local agents to see if they could get them any cargo.”
It is to mention that arrested eight crew of captured Danish ship MV Danica Sunrise included the two retired Royal Army soldiers working as security guards identified as Christopher Johnson and Steven Michael.

Televised reports:


  1. Anonymous8:30 AM

    Good call, India! Messrs Johnson & Michael were obviously up to no good. I bet if they had a bigger boat they would have even tried to smuggle TWICE as many AK47s.

  2. Anonymous11:13 AM

    hey anonymous 1.
    wind your neck in.
    india free them now!!

  3. Anonymous11:46 AM

    OK, I'll bite: what the heck is a "ship drowning pistol"? And where can I get one?
    Second question: did anyone think to check these guys for the idea that they might just be trying to protect themselves from piracy? Pirates in the Indian Ocean? Nah.

  4. Anonymous11:52 AM

    it wasnt a gun running scheme. it was a young man who was working away as security on his way home to his family. fact

  5. Given that the DANICA WHITE was captured by pirates, I bet this crew was not so interested in suffering the same fate.

  6. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Expressindia is reporting they had a permit to carry the weapons.
    Intrigued about what a ship sinking pistol is.

  7. Well, when I first post this, I debated whether or not I should put a question mark behind the title.

    I regret I that I didn't.

    And, no, I have no idea what a "ship sinking pistol" is.

  8. Anonymous7:17 PM

    The Security forces had "Intelligence" about carrying weapons but did not know the name of the ship! Can the words Security and Intelligence be used in regard to this event? Just a thought!

  9. Anonymous7:37 PM

    No, it's a "ship drowning pistol," not a ship sinking pistol. It's obvious that India is backpedaling on this now, in order that we won't get too curious about their new anti-ship weapon, the ship drowning pistol.

    A fire hose in a quick draw holster, maybe?

  10. I don't know what a "ship drowning pistol" is either.