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Somali pirates release 6 Indians

After keeping them in illegal detention for more than 18 months,the Somali pirate have released six Indian,reportedly after their kin paid a ransom of eight million dollars.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh |
October 30, 2011 3:21:41 am

After keeping them in illegal detention for more than 18 months,the Somali pirate have released six Indian,reportedly after their kin paid a ransom of eight million dollars.

They released men – Jaswinder Singh,Dhiraj Tiwari,Ganesh Mohite,Santosh Yadav,Swapnil Jadhav and Shahji Kumar Purshotaman – are expected to reach India on Sunday,said Ranjan Lakhanpal,chairman of World Human Rights Protection Council.

He confirmed that the Indians were released “after paying ransom money”.

Earlier,Lakhanpal and Ansar Burney,former Pakistan Federal Minister for Human Rights had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking release of the detainees,including six Indians and two Pakistani national,of MV Iceberg-1 from the Somali pirates. The ship,bearing a Panama flag,was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden on March 29,2010.

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“Eighteen months have passed and yet the government seems to have taken few steps to get them released,’’ the petitioners said.

The court had issued notices to the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence seeking reports on its response and action taken in the case. The PIL will come up for hearing on November 4.

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