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Somali pirate to undergo hip surgery

mumbai Updated: Feb 02, 2011 02:07 IST
Priya Prabhakaran

Rege C Rizzak, 18, one of the 15 pirates nabbed off the Lakshwadweep coast, will undergo a surgery at JJ Hospital to rectify his hipbone, which was fractured when a bullet hit him.

“He had bled profusely from his hip, but is now stable. We will schedule a surgery to rectify a minor fracture that he has suffered in his hipbone. After that, we will refer him to the ear-nose and throat department for treating the damage caused by a bullet that grazed his chest and throat,” said a doctor from the orthopaedic department.

Rizzak is one of the 12 Somalis nabbed by the Indian Navy on January 28.

“Rizzak’s parents learnt about his arrest after the Indian authorities intimated them at Somalia,” said Faizal Abdullah, an acquaintance of Razzak’s family in Somalia.

Abdullah, a management student in Hyderabad, is fluent in English and flew down to Mumbai on the request of Razzak’s family.

“Razzak’s parents will meet him once after I confirm that he is here,” said Abdullah.

Razzak, a Class 5 dropout, joined the gang of pirates five years ago, said another Somalian who visited him at the hospital and did not wish to be identified.

“His parents last saw him three months ago. When he saw us at the hospital he began crying remembering his 10 friends who were killed in the crossfire. He asked us to get him out of this place as he was upset,” the acquaintance said.