In March, two vessels — Vega 5 and Morteza — were intercepted, near the Lakshadweep Islands and 77 Somali nationals were arrested from the vessels.
“They have been charged with unlawful assembly, attempt to murder, and assault on public servants to prevent them from doing their duties, abductions for ransom.
They are also charged under various sections of the Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act,” said special public prosecutor Ranjeet Sangle.
The court is expected to frame charges against the remaining 15 by February 16. “The prosecution has to argue first on why the charges should be framed. If the court agrees with the arguments, then the charges are framed. Arguments are still going on in the fourth case,” Sangle said.