Gujarat awaits govt`s order on Somali Pirates

The Gujarat govt is waiting for Centre`s instruction over the release of 14 Somali pirates,still in jail despite being freed by a court in Junagadh.

Vadodara: The Gujarat government is waiting for instructions from the Centre over the release of 14 Somali pirates, who are still in jail despite being freed by a court in Junagadh last month.
These pirates along with three Yemeni fishermen were captured from Nadel, a small port near Una in Junagadh district, in June last year for illegally entering Indian waters.

On January 20, a court in Junagadh ordered their release after the State Government withdrew cases against them after intervention of the Centre and Mumbai-based Consulate General of Yemen.
While the fishermen were handed over to Yemeni authorities, the Somali pirates are still in a prison in Junagadh.

"We have already released the three fishermen and handed them over to Yemeni Consulate officials," Dipankar Trivedi,
Junagadh Superintendent of Police, said.

"We are awaiting instructions from the Centre for the release of the 14 Somali pirates who are still in jail," he

Nothing incriminating had been recovered from the pirates during their interrogation by various agencies, police
sources had said. PTI

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