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

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.

Updated: Oct 22, 2009, 20:31 PM IST

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