The families of the crew of cargo vessel Shivam fear that their kin are in the custody of Pakistani security agencies after the ill-fated country craft disappeared off the Pakistan coast on March 22.
The family members of 17 of the 22 crew members met authorities at the Jamnagar collectorate on Thursday and submitted a memorandum to take up the issue with the Pakistani authorities with help of Indian government.
From our sources we have come to know that Pakistani authorities have detained 22 persons of the said vessel. Hence you are requested to obtain necessary information from the Pakistani authorities through Indian ministry, said the memorandum submitted by Salaya Sailing Vessels Owners Association secretary Adam Bhayya on behalf of the affected families.
Its been more than three weeks since the last contact was established with the Oman-bound vessel that set sail from a Mumbai port on March 14. The last call on March 20 was made in distress as the vessel at that time was reportedly caught in rough weather.
The memorandum added that the last position of the vessel was reported to be 80 nautical miles off the Pakistan coast.
The vessel is registered with Pooja Shipping owned by Jitu Gohel,a Porbandar resident. While 18 of the crew members are from the Salaya port town in Jamnagar district,including the captain,the remaining hail from Porbandar.