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Dhumal asks PM to intervene to seek release of kidnapped crew

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene and take necessary steps to secure the release of Indian crew of a ship who have been abducted by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden over a week back.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2009 11:16 IST

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene and take necessary steps to secure the release of Indian crew of a ship who have been abducted by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden over a week back.

Among the crew kidnapped on 15/16 October is Raghvir Singh Pathania, a resident of Sukkad, Yol, in Kangra district in the state.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Dhumal said that although officials of the company which own the vessel are in touch with family members but the matter was serious and needs immediate intervention, according to an official release here.

The chief minister said people of the hill state were worried over the incident and he was conveying their feelings to him.

There had been a spurt in the pirate attacks in recent past with Gulf of Aden emerging as one of the most dangerous waterways in the world, Dhumal said adding Indian Navy can play a crucial role in preventing such attacks.