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High sea villains to face Indian law for the first time

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  1. CONNAN

    CONNAN Major ELITE MEMBER

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    For the first time, pirates caught on the high seas will face the Indian law. Fifteen suspected Somali pirates nabbed in a joint operation by the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard will be brought to India and tried in an Indian court. They will be handed over to the Yellow Gate police today morning.

    The pirates had launched an attack on MV CMA CGM Verdi, a merchant vessel flagged from Bahamas around 10.30 am. The crew spotted two high-speed skiffs approaching the vessel and alerted the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) on the IBSAR radio seeking help.

    A CG Dornier was flown to the spot. On noticing the aircraft, the skiffs changed direction and moved towards another vessel. The small boats were hoisted aboard another vessel, identified as Prantalay. It was the mother vessel being used by the pirates.

    Prantalay tried to escape moving towards the West, but it was intercepted by INS Cankarso, a recently commissioned fast attack aircraft. After a chase of three hours Cankarso finally closed in and tried to establish contact with Prantalay on the international mercantile marine band radio. The crew did not respond.

    A warning shot was fired from Cankarso above the bows of Prantalay to make it stop but and its crew started returning fire.

    The pirates’ vessel caught fire in the exchange of gun shots. Naval personnel spotted people jumping off Prantaly and rescued them.

    Twenty of them were Thai and Myamarese fishermen. They were held hostage on the vessel since April last year when the vessel was hijacked.

    Fifteen pirates were also nabbed and taken into custody. A senior defence personnel said there had been several instances where pirate attacks were thwarted but crew members of the vessels asked naval personnel to release the pirates fearing that they would attack them later.

    “Moreover, if the attack happens in international waters nothing much can be done against the pirates,’’ he said.

    High sea villains to face Indian law for the first time - Mumbai - DNA
     
  2. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    This news report starts with an error of fact. This is not the first time that Pirates apprehended on the High seas will be tried in India.
    In fact the first time that such a thing happened was after the dramatic rescue and recovery of the MV Alondra Rainbow in November 1999.
    The story in short, is like this; the Japanese owned freighter MV Alondra Rainbow with a cargo of 7000 MT of aluminium ingots on board sailed from Kuala Tanjung in Indonesia for Miike in Japan in October 1999. Enroute the ship was hijacked, the crew overpowered, held captive and later set adrift in a life-raft. While the ship was in control of the pirates, she was diverted to the west and sailed out of the Malacca Straits towards Sri Lanka. In the meantime the ship's name was changed to Mega Rama and old documents destroyed. While this ship was somewhere between Sri Lanka and South India, she was identified and ICG alerted. The ICG launched a surveillance aircraft that tracked the ship. ICG and IN ships set off in chase and after some dramatic moments; including gunfire and attempt by the pirates to set the ship on fire and scuttle it, the ship was boarded, the pirates overpowered, the fire put out and the ship towed to Bombay. The pirates were handed over to civil police and their prosecution under Indian laws commenced.

    That was the first instance. That was also the first time that a merchant vessel was successfully recovered after a hijack.
    Now DNA (definitely) and the reporter (probably) did not exist in 1999, hence the ignorance.
    Of course going by what i see on some forums; nowadays journalists write a lot but read very little.
     
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