16 captured Somali pirates brought to Mumbai

Three days after 16 Somali pirates were caught by Indian Navy while foiling an attack on a foreign merchant vessel in the high seas, the sea brigands were on Tuesday brought here and placed under arrest, the police said.

Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 23:54 PM IST

Mumbai: Three days after 16 Somali
pirates were caught by Indian Navy while foiling an attack on
a foreign merchant vessel in the high seas, the sea brigands
were on Tuesday brought here and placed under arrest, the police
said.

"The pirates were brought to Mumbai in `INS Suvarna`.
All have been arrested and booked under relevant sections of
the IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Passport
Act, the Foreigners Act and the Arms Act," said C G Naik,
Senior Inspector at Yellow Gate Police Station.

They would be produced before a local court tomorrow.
The 16 sailors rescued from the vessel - 12 Iranians
and four Pakistanis - were also brought in the same ship, he
said, adding Embassies of both the countries were informed
about them.

After a gun-battle in the high seas, the Navy had
foiled a pirate attack on the vessel, `MV Maersk Kensington`,
and apprehended the sea brigands about 400 nautical miles off
the west coast here on Saturday.

The pirates on their ship `Morteza` tried to attack
the merchant vessel. `Morteza`, with 18 sailors on board, was
hijacked by pirates in November 2010.

"At the time of the hijack, there were 18 sailors on
the vessel. The rescued crew members claimed the pirates had
killed one Pakistani and an Iranian national," Naik said.

The pirates shot dead the Pakistani sailor to create
fear among the hostages, he added. "The second victim, an
Iranian, was shot dead by pirates during the Navy operation.

The Iranian was asked to stand with the surrender gesture.
When he refused, he was shot dead," Naik said.

PTI