Somali pirates placed under arrest, to face Indian law

Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 22:23

New Delhi: The 15 Somali pirates who were
apprehended by the Indian Navy following a gunbattle off the
coast of Lakshadweep Islands were being taken to Mumbai for
interrogation.

"They (pirates) are being brought to Mumbai and their
interrogation would take place there on Monday," said
Commander PVS Satish, the naval spokesperson.

The pirates were caught after the Thailand-registered
`Prantalay` which was being used by them was intercepted by
Navy`s Fast Attack Craft (FAC) INS Canskaro on Friday in the
Arabian Sea.

The pirates were using the Thai fishing trawler as
`mother-ship` which they had hijacked some times back.

On being chased and apprehended by the fast attack
naval craft, the pirates jumped overboard.

During interrogation the naval officials, police and
intelligence officials would try to ascertain their
modus-operandi.

Meanwhile, the crew member of the hijacked fishing
trawler - Myanmarese and Thai nationals- are being taken to
Kochi for questioning after which they would be sent back to
their homes.

The crew was rescued by INS Cankarso after they too
jumped in the waters during the military action.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 22:23

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