The Yellow Gate police officials will soon be visiting the spot off the Lakshadweep coast — from where 16 pirates were arrested by the Indian Navy on March 27 — to conduct a panchnama (inspection).
“Since the incident occurred in the high seas off the Lakshadweep coast, we have asked the Navy to take us there. This is an important step in the process of investigation,” said Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of police (port zone).
According to police, the identification of suspects — by which the hostages will formally identify the pirates — will also be conducted in the next two days.
“We have also recorded the statements of Naval officers and hostages,” said Khalid.
Meanwhile, the Iranian and Pakistani embassy paid a visit to the hostages, presently
put up at Yellow Gate police station.
“The officials have identified the hostages as their citizens. The hostages will be handed over to them after completing the necessary formalities,” said an officer of Yellow Gate police station on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The 16 pirates apprehended by the Navy were handed over to the Yellow Gate police for further investigation on March 29.
The officials had rescued 16 fishermen, 12 Iranians and four Pakistanis who had been kept hostage aboard the trawler since it was first hijacked in November 2010.
The pirates have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (1967) that is usually invoked against terrorists.
They have also been charged under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 143, 145 and 149 (joining or continuing in unlawful assembly, knowing it has been commanded to disperse), 147 and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as provisions of the Arms Act.