16 Indians held hostage in Guinea, made a video requesting for help:

A video recorded by the Chief Officer of the Indian MT Veer Idun ship on the African island, of Sanu Jose, moments before his detention, is now going viral on social media. In this video, he is seen saying, “The Nigerian Navy is taking me. This may be my last message. I hope you all are watching me, helping me, and spreading this message to all the people of the country.

Following his arrest, he was brought to the Equatorial Guinea Naval Escort and threatened with fatal action against his ship and crew if he did not obey his orders. Sixteen Indian sailors of the ship MT Veer Idun have been stranded in Equatorial Guinea since August 13, allegedly for not displaying the flag of Equatorial Guinea. He has been held in Equatorial Guinea for more than 80 days and is feared arrest by the Nigerian Navy. In the country of Equatorial Guinea, located off the west coast of Central Africa, 16 of the 26 crew members of the Indian ship have been held illegally, hostage.

He has appealed to the Government of India through a video that they should be rescued from there. In the video, the sailors said that the Indian Norwegian-flagged MT Heroic Idun was arrested by the Equatorial Guinea Naval Ship on 12 August 2022 by international sea route. These Indian sailors of the ship MT Veer Idun have been stranded in Equatorial Guinea since August 13, allegedly for not displaying the flag of Equatorial Guinea. He has been held in Equatorial Guinea for more than 80 days and is feared arrest by the Nigerian Navy.

TV9 news effect

TV9 has raised the voice of Indians trapped in Guinea. Many sailors are sick and their families are in a bad condition crying. TV9’s news about Indians trapped in Guinea has had an impact. MP Satyadev Pachauri has reached Kanpur to meet the victim’s family. The family has been assured to talk to the Ministry of External Affairs.

The sailors pleaded for help

we should be removed from here following his arrest, he was brought to the Equatorial Guinea Naval Escort and threatened with fatal action against his ship and crew if he did not obey his orders. While releasing the video, he gave a statement that we are the crew members of MT Heroic Idun, we request that we be evacuated from there and taken back to India. Here we have been kept illegally from 14th August 2022. He further said that there were a total of 26 members in the crew, including 16 Indians, 8 from Sri Lanka, 1 Polish, and 1 Filipino.

Government is trying to bring back this entire matter

Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has said that he is aware of it. He also said that he is trying his best to bring back the Indians. He told that 15 crew members, including 9 Indians, have been held hostage in Malabo since August 14. The remaining 11 crew members, including 6 Indians, were abandoned on the ship. The statement said that the ship’s owner, manager, and crew members are fully cooperating in the investigation. The crew members who have been left ashore have been questioned thrice.

 

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