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New Delhi : India | Feb 18, 2012 at 2:40 AM PST
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New Delhi: Over 48 hours since two Indian fishermen were killed allegedly by the crew members of Italian ship Enrica Lexie, no arrests have been made despite orders from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Prime Minister will now be consulted as this was a diplomatic matter. PMO sources say that by Saturday there will be some movement on the matter.

Sources also say that the advice of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will be sought on the matter.

What has been causing the delay is refusal by the Italian ship crew to be questioned. The crew members were awaiting the arrival of a high-level team of diplomats from Italy to meet officials in Delhi and then advise them on the next step.

IG Internal Security, Kerala Police S Anand Krishnan said, "There is a problem about the jurisdiction. But we have registered a case under Indian penal code. Their authorities are claiming that the case should be pursued under international law. The exact spot is yet to established through technical corroboration. Will wait for diplomatic correspondence."

The options with India are prosecution of the Italian ship crew as per law or the arrest of the guilty crew by forcing the ship to dock and entering the ship.

Sources also say that the Italian crew insists that India cannot take any action against them as they were in international waters, when the incident took place.

The Indian authorities say there is nothing to suggest that the fishermen were in the wrong in fact it appears the ship was reckless in opening fire. It used excessive force and violated standard anti-piracy protocols, a case of murder has now been filed against the six armed guards.

Regional Commander of Coast Guard Region said, "If it happens or likely to happen they are supposed to report to the concerned agency no report has been received by the HQ. They should have reported about the pirate attack."

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