Cops seek students’ help to identify pirate leader
Fresh intelligence inputs that a senior commander is among the 119 Somali pirates being held at Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai has prompted the police to re-interrogate them.mumbai Updated: Nov 02, 2011 01:03 IST
Fresh intelligence inputs that a senior commander is among the 119 Somali pirates being held at Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai has prompted the police to re-interrogate them.
But since the Somali government has refused to send interpreters citing lack of resources, the police have hit upon a novel idea — of requesting the Somali embassy in New Delhi to grant permission to six Somali students from Pune to help out in questioning the pirates.
Sources in the Yellow Gate police at Ballard Pier, where the cases against these pirates are registered, said: “As per our information, the key member of the Somali piracy syndicate knows the operational strategy and hiding places of the syndicate, which mostly operates in small groups along the east coast of Africa, up to the Gulf of Aden. We want to identify and interrogate him as it will help the Indian Navy in making effective assaults on the syndicate.” They said the pirate chieftain has not been identified yet as the pirates understand only Somali.
Deputy commissioner of police (port zone) Tanaji Ghadge confirmed help is being sought from Somali students. “They are in various courses at colleges in Pune. We short-listed their names and sent the request to the Somali embassy through the ministry of external affairs,” Ghadge said.
Sources said that precaution will be taken to protect the students’ identities, including masking them during interrogation.