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Rescued Sailor: Somalians were hell, Indian govt didn't help
Monday, March 18, 2013
Several Indian sailors were rescued from the clutches of Somalian pirates on Monday. The sailors had an emotional home-coming after enduring torture at the hands of pirates. Recalling the horror, one rescued sailor Saurabh Kumar said, "We suffered too much. There was physical torture.
The somalians were hell on us and no one should go back." The rescued sailor also blamed Indian government's apathy towards their plight. Kumar further said, "The Indian government didn't help. Leader of the ship told us this, he said that they were letting us go for free."
Seventeen Indian seafarers on board the MT Royal Grace have been in captivity of pirates since March 2, 2012 and 11 Indian seafarers on board MT Smyrni were in captivity since May 10, 2012.
Out of the 28 abducted sailors, 13 were rescued on Monday. According to official sources: "Some of those rescued from MT Royal Grace are awaiting the arrival of a replacement crew before they can fly back to their families in India." Sidharth Arora, second officer of MV Royal Grace, said: " Hijacking experience is obviously bad. But we thank the Government and the people of India.
We behaved well and they did not harm us. Now our good times have started and we are going to meet our families after 12 months."
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