Kochi: Surrender of two Italian marines, who are suspected to have shot at and killed two Indian fishermen off Kollam coast, appears to have got delayed with senior police officials led by City Police Commissioner, M R Ajith Kumar present inside the vessel.
The Commissioner and his team had boarded the vessel at around 8 AM, the deadline set by the police to handover the two armed personnel on board to the Kerala Police. Superintendent of Police, Kollam, Sam Christy Daniel is also inside the vessel.
Two Forensic experts and a translator have also been taken on board the vessel "Enrica Lexie", it is learnt.
Italian Consul General in Mumbai, Gian Paolo Cutillo, and Defence Attache Franco Favre are also inside the ship.
After more than four hours of negotiation, there was no official word on the outcome of their discussion. Late on Saturday night, the Commissioner had gone to the ship and asked the captain to handover the two accused personnel to Kerala Police by 8 AM on Sunday.
The Italian authorities had agreed to hand over the two personnel against whom a case of murder was registered by Kollam Police in connection with the incident.
The two fishermen -- Ajesh Binki (25) and Jalastein (45) -- were killed on February 15 off Kollam coast when the armed guards of the ship fired at their boat, suspecting it to be a vessel belonging to pirates.
Law will take its own course: Krishna

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday said the law of the country would take its own course in fishermen killing case.
Krishna said the captain and two members of the Italian ship must cooperate with Kerala law agencies to arrive at an amicable solution. "We have advised the Italians to cooperate with the Kerala law agencies to find an amicable solution," he said.
Refuting claims of Italian embassy officials in Delhi that the Indian vessel attacked the Italian ship in international waters, Krishna said "the fishing vessel was only carrying fishing nets and fish".
Krishna said there were agitations in Kerala over fishermen's killings and he has been in talks with Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Giulio Maria Terzi and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on the issue.
The minister said he was looking forward to Terzi's visit to India on February 28.

With the Italian vessel occupying space in the Cochin oil terminal, two vessels of the Kochi-BPCL Refinery have been unable to discharge cargo. One ship with Euro 3 and Euro 4 product is waiting outside the port, refinery officials said.
Another ship with furnace oil has also been unable to discharge its cargo after Encrica Lexie was alloted its berthing space, they said. KRL has sent a fax to Cochin Port Chairman informing about their plight.