Port Blair, Jan 29: The owner of the ill-fated boat ‘MV Aqua Marine’, which capsized in the sea on its way from Ross Island to NVF Jetty, Chatham on 26th Jan, 2014, resulting in the death of 21 tourists, has been arrested by the Central Crime Station today i.e. on 29th Jan., 2014.

A team of officials under the supervision of Shri N. Rasheed, DySP and led by Insp. S. S. Rathore has been constituted to investigate the case. Several witnesses have been examined so far and their statements have been recorded. Underwater photography of the capsized boat has been done by the experts. Documents, Certificates etc pertaining to the vessel have been seized and are carefully being examined.

The owner, Smt T. Jaya, W/o M. Karnan (37 yrs) R/o Sippighat was subjected to sustained interrogation and arrested after gathering sufficient evidence against her.


In this case, earlier three accused persons have already been arrested by the police including the Boat Manager, Boat Master and the crew member, who are presently on police custody remand, while the Boat Owner, Smt T. Jaya was produced before the Hon’ble Court and has been sent to judicial custody.  The case is still under investigation, a communication from the Superintendent of Police (CID), A&N Islands said here today.