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Somalian nationals in Lakshadweep to be interrogated

india Updated: May 28, 2010 19:40 IST
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Three Somalians who landed at Lakshadweep's Minicoy Island two days ago will face interrogation after they regain their health while another batch, detected in the seas Friday, is being brought to Kochi, the Navy said.

Navy, Coast Guard and local police will jointly interrogate the trio, found exhausted and dehydrated after they abandoned their boat and swam to the shore. They were later hospitalised.

The Navy, Coast Guard and local police had launched intense combing operations in the waters around Lakshadweep Islands following reports of sighting a suspicious boat five KM off Minicoy Island on May 26, a Navy release said.

Following the search, the abandoned boat was found. Subsequently, three Somalians were found in an unconscious state at the Northern end of Minicoy Island. The men were exhausted, too weak to talk. A fourth Somalian is believed to have drowned, the release said.

The Navy has also announced a cash award for the alert fishermen who first reported the matter to police.

On Friday, a few Somalian nationals were detected by Indian naval warship INS Sujata around noon about 100 km south of Kavaratti Island of Lakshadweep.

They are being brought to Kochi for interrogation, the Navy said.