Two Keralites among crew held hostage by Somalian pirates
Thiruvananthapuram: Two Keralites, one of
them an engineering trainee, are among the 26 crew, including
11 Indians, held captive aboard a cargo vessel hijacked by
Somalian pirates off African coast three days back, according
to information received by their family members.
The two on the hijacked ship MV Rak Africana are Roji B
John of Pathanamthitta and V Vishnu from Thiruvananthapuram,
a marine engineering trainee on the vessel.
According to Vishnu's mother Geetha Vijayakumar, it was
the shipping company that informed them about the hijacking of
the vessel, which was sailing to Morocco along the Somalian
A similar information was received by the family members
of John at Kodunthara in Pathanamthitta district.
The faimly members of the two sailors have sought the
intervention of the Centre for the release of their kin.
According Geetha, her family had brought the matter to the
offices of Minister for Non Resident Indians Affairs Minister
Vayalar Ravi and Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi