The Times of India reported Thursday that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards detained an Indian oil tanker carrying Iraqi crude oil.
The oil tanker “MT Desh Shanti” was reported to be stopped in international waters and forced into the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
The incident reportedly took place late Wednesday.
Iranian authorities claimed the Indian vessel was leaking oil and polluting Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.
At the request of the United States, India reduced oil imports from Iran — currently under wide-ranging international sanctions for its nuclear program.