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Ship hostages in trying situation

The crew of ship MT Stolt Valor, which has been hijacked near Somalia, is being kept under tortuous conditions, reports Abhinav Madhwal.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2008 01:13 IST
Abhinav Madhwal

The crew of ship MT Stolt Valor, which has been hijacked near Somalia, is being kept under tortuous conditions.

Earlier the captives were said to have contacted Seema Goyal, wife of ship’s captain Prabhat Kumar Goyal, over satellite phone and informed that the crew was being treated properly.

Recently, however, Prabhat, along with a few colleagues, spoke to Seema and informed her of the ill treatment being meted out to them. They informed her of being confined to inadequate space, besides facing hostile behaviour of the captors.

Twenty-two captives, including 18 Indians, are kept in a 20-metre stretch with armed captors on vigil all the time. Drinking water was being rationed to them and they did not know of how much fresh water was available on board. The food being given to them was also not hygienic.

This has created a wave of apprehension among the family members of the captives.

In this hour of distress, Seema has been dealing with the situation with confidence and stoicism. She has been receiving calls of the captive seamen and telling them to maintain confidence.