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Injured Indian ship captain stops ship at Togo to report pirates, gets arrested

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

    May 1, 2012
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    Injured Indian ship captain stops ship at Togo to report pirates, gets arrested instead

    NEW DELHI: An Indian merchant ship captain and two of his crew members have been languishing in a Togo jail for over a month. The captain, Sunil James, had stopped at Togo to report about pirates when he along with two of his staff got detained by local authorities for allegedly conniving with pirates.

    Foreign minister Salman Khurshid told Times Now channel that India was in touch with Togo authorities over the issue and that it will be addressed "as urgently as possible''.

    James had anchored the ship at Lome port in Togo to report about a July 16 incident in which pirates attacked his ship MT Ocean Centurian off the coast of west Africa. The captain was injured in the attack and received stitches on his wrist.

    "My husband Sunil James got off the ship on 30th July for investigation (at Lome) and for a day he was put up at navy barracks. On 31st evening he was taken into custody along with two others for investigation,'' said James' wife Aditi.

    "Since 31st July, my husband has been kept in police custody with no proper food and sleep. He is surviving on plain bread as the Togolese food given is inedible. The lockup in which he is put in is suitable for 20 inmates; however, 80 are kept in it. He has no food water sleep or any basic amenities and are in a cell with criminals,'' she added.

    According to shipping ministry officials, they received information that "some charges are being framed against the Indian seafarers as per the law of that country''.

    The vessel was attacked by pirates on July 16 near Lagos and released. Later, reports said, when James reported the piracy to Togo authorities, he was detained and held captive with two other crew members.

    James told Times Now that the prison officials, who don't speak English, forced the captives to sign papers. "We do not even know what we are signing," he said.

    Last month, shipping minister GK Vasan had said that an inter-ministerial panel to deal with the hostage crisis arising out of the hijacking of merchant vessels with Indian crew on board has been regularly reviewing the situation.
  2. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

    Apr 14, 2013
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    That's sad, hope he returns to India soon. Amazing how our govt is dealing on this issue...

    Italian marines shoot Indians in Indian waters...they stay in guest houses, Italian Embassy & were even allowed to go back to Italy for voting...that's how those Marines were treated by GoI after they murdered two Indians. :disagree:

    And here we have the Indian merchant ship Captain whose crime was reporting piracy...and ended up in jail. Where the f**k is Indian Embassy officials & WTF are they doing...clearly they aren't doing enough!!
  3. rcscwc

    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

    Dec 24, 2010
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    That is power, lack of, of India.
  4. omya

    omya Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

    Jan 27, 2013
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    abe congressy salman khurshid ****** kya hila raha hey govt. ke office main bethke :dude:
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