Iran releases 9 Indians on board MT Riah detained early July 

File photo of Britain's Stena Impero oil tank. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 26, 2019, 08.18 AM (IST)

Iran has released nine out of 12 Indians who were on board the ship MT Riah that was detained early July. 

However, 21 Indians are still in detention in Iran -- three from MT Riah and 18 from British oil tanker Stena Impero.

Indian embassy on Thursday got consular access to the 18 Indians who were on board Stena Impero.

The 18 Indian crew members who were on-board the British vessel `Stena Impero` detained by Iran on July 19 are safe and doing fine, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday.

Taking to Twitter, the minister said that the Central government is continuing efforts for the early release of the detained Indians.

"Received an update on `Stena Impero`. Our Embassy availed consular access today evening. All 18 Indian crew members on board are safe and doing fine. Will continue to push for their early release. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @VMBJP," Muraleedharan wrote.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had seized British Oil Tanker `the Stena Impero` following a collision with an Iranian fishing boat.