SC asks Centre about steps it has taken to free Indian sailors in Somalia


Ministry of External Affairs affidavits detail inconclusive efforts to trace them

About four years since seven Indian sailors were taken hostage by Somali pirates after their merchant ships were hijacked, separate affidavits filed by the Ministry of External Affairs in the Supreme Court are narratives of a trail of inconclusive efforts made with the African nation to trace them.

The uncertainty over the fate of the Indian nationals led a Bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and Adarsh Kumar Goel to ask the government about the steps taken to find the seven crew members of MV Asphalt Venture, a Panama-flagged vessel, which was hijacked on September 29, 2010.

The last the government heard of T.B. Unnikrishnan, George Joseph, Sohan Singh, Bahadur Singh, Bhim Singh, Daniston and Manjit Singh was they were held captive in an undisclosed location in Somalia.

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