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16 sailors held in Equatorial Guinea, Vijayan seeks PM’s help | India News

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/KOCHI: Because the households of 16 Indian sailors together with three from Kerala, detained in Equatorial Guinea, hoped the Indian authorities will guarantee their speedy launch, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene within the matter. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Vijayan requested him to direct Indian diplomatic missions within the nations involved — Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria — “to proactively intervene and facilitate the instant launch of the Norwegian vessel — MT Heroic Idun — and its crew who’ve been detained since August 12.
In his letter, the CM contended that the vessel was arrested by an Equatorial Guinea naval ship in worldwide waters on August 12 and as per experiences, a complete of 26 crew, together with 16 Indians, are being held as hostages. “Among the many 16 seafarers, three are from Kerala. The vessel has been held unlawfully…,” he added.
Vijayan additionally claimed that though the vessel didn’t interact in any illegal actions, the delivery firm was able to pay the high-quality to facilitate the early launch of the seafarers. “After negotiation with the Nigerian authorities, the delivery firm paid the required high-quality on September 28. Sadly, the crew and ship are nonetheless held in Equatorial Guinea underneath arrest until date,” he stated in his letter.
Vijayan additional stated that the “unexpected delay” within the sailors’ launch would have an effect on the psychological and bodily well being of the crew and additional keep within the port, which is taken into account unsafe, “would additionally put their lives at risk.” “I request your good self to direct the diplomatic missions within the nations involved to proactively intervene and facilitate the instant launch of the vessel and its crew members,” Vijayan stated in his letter.
The communication comes within the wake of movies and images despatched by the detained Kerala sailors to their households extensively circulating on social media in addition to information channels. One of many movies is by Vijith Nair, the brother of Vismaya who dedicated suicide in June final 12 months as a consequence of dowry harassment — an incident which led to widespread debate within the state concerning this follow.
Vijith, within the video, has stated that 15 crew members, together with him, have been locked in a jail at Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, surrounded by safety personnel after they had been taken from their vessel on the pretext of being accommodated in a resort. The visuals present the sailors mendacity on the ground in a single room and Vijith saying that quickly his cellphone would run out of battery and that the cell may even be confiscated.

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