Swap Somali pirates for Indian sailors in captivity: Chandy
New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has asked the Centre to immediately consider releasing some detained Somali pirates to facilitate the release of seven Indian sailors being held captive for last two years.
Taking up the issue with Shipping Minister GK Vasan and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Chandy expressed anguish over the delay in swapping of the Somali pirates lodged in Mumbai jails for the Indian hostages — a demand made by pirates in Somalia.
“I don’t think there is no other way out to save the lives of Indians who have been held hostages since September 28, 2010. What is the use in keeping these pirates in our jails?” Chandy said here.
Pirates, who hijacked ‘MV Asphalt Venture’ from Kenyan waters, had released the ship after its owners paid ransom. Out of the 15 crew members, eight of them were also released then. But the pirates did not release seven Indians — two of them are from Kerala. They said that the Indian hostages could be swapped for Somalia pirates being held in Mumbai jails.