The issue of Indian sailor Sunil James, who has been languishing in a jail in Togo, central Africa, and who lost his 11-month-old son recently, figured in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. James was arrested in Togo on July 31 for allegedly aiding pirates.
Leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj, demanded that the government should take appropriate measures to immediately release merchant navy captain James so that he can see the face of his son before the infant is buried.
“His son’s embalmed body has been kept in the hope that James will return and perform the last rites,” Swaraj said.
She said it was shocking that even a small country like Togo was bullying India. “Parliament should speak in one voice that India will not stoop to foreign pressure,” Swaraj said.
Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, who arranged a meeting of James’ family with the Prime Minister last week, said either Singh or external affairs minister Salman Khurshid should talk to their counterparts in Togo to secure his early release.
“We must take strong action in both cases so that no one can dare to act against innocent Indians in future,” he said.