Indian Navy has a plan to deal with sea piracy: Chidambaram

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 20:31

New Delhi: As Somali pirates seized one
more ship carrying 24 Indians, government on Thursday said the
Indian Navy has a plan to deal with hijacking of vessels on
the high seas.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Indian Navy has
earlier undertaken missions and rescued a number of hijacked
ships.
"I think, the Navy has a plan," he told reporters here
when referred to the fresh case of a ship, with 24 Indians on
board, being hijacked in Seychelles and asked whether the
government was doing anything to beef up security.

He, however, refused to divulge details about the
Navy`s plan.

His comments came as Somali pirates hijacked a
Panamanian ship `MV Al Khaliq` today, just a week after a
vessel with two Indians and some other crew was seized by the
sea brigands.
Chidambaram pointed out that the Indian Navy had
"intervened" in a number of cases of hijackings in these
waters and rescued ships.

"A number of countries have applauded the Indian Navy
in one or two such occasions," he said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 20:31
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