Govt making efforts to secure release of 53 Indian seafarers

Eleven Indians, who were released by Somali pirates after 11 months of captivity, have reached home and the government is making efforts to secure early release of the remaining 53.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 20:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Eleven Indians, who were released
by Somali pirates after 11 months of captivity, have reached
home and the government is making efforts to secure early
release of the remaining 53.
"I am happy to inform that 11 Indians, held hostage
along with others on MV RAK Africana, have been released and
have returned to India," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
today said in the Lok Sabha.

He said the government was in touch with concerned
countries in the region and the ship owners, to ensure the
safe release of the remaining hostages.

"Sea piracy is a complex international problem," Krishna
today said while responding to concerns expressed by
Lok Sabha members over the issue during a debate on the
Demands for Grants of his Ministry.

He pointed out that 175 Indians had been taken hostage
by the pirates over the last few years.
Of them, 122 have been released and the remaining
continued to be hostages on five ships, Krishna said.

Krishna agreed with members that his Ministry was
understaffed and said that a three-pronged strategy had been
adopted to meet the shortfall.

This includes direct recruitment through UPSC, fast-
tracking of IFS-B and attracting officers from other
departments.

PTI