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Ambala youth held hostage in Somalia freed

There were jubilations in the house of Sham Nagar residents Shamsher Singh and Surinder Kaur when they received a phone call on June 13 night from their son Satnam Singh (21) that he has been released. Dev Sarup Mathur reports.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2011 21:25 IST
Dev Sarup Mathur

There were jubilations in the house of Sham Nagar residents Shamsher Singh and Surinder Kaur when they received a phone call on June 13 night from their son Satnam Singh (21) that he has been released.

Family was spending sleepless nights as Satnam who was on board an Egyptian ship was one of the 22 sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates at Gulf of Aden since August 2 in 2010.

Family sources said that after the receipt of phone call Shamsher Singh has left for Delhi to receive him who is expected to reach home by coming on Saturday.

They said that earlier on May 22 through a phone call Satnam had hinted about his release adding that on June 13 he had a detailed talk with his mother.

Overwhelmed with emotions Satnam Kaur told HT that her prayers have been answered and her son would be coming back after 10 months.

The full details would be known once he reaches home but it is learnt that a Pakistan leader has played significant role in securing their release, they claimed.

Amongst the 22 sailors that were held hostage of Egyptian Cargo Ship MV Suez, six were Indians of which two belong to Haryana.

Over all these months, the concerned relatives were making rounds of all the big wigs including chief minister and had written to Prime Minister, defence minister, foreign minister and shipping minister but no headway was made

Satnam Singh and Surinder Kaur told that they were shattered after they had received a call from Satnam on Feburary 25 at in which he had asked them to arrange $4 million adding that the pirates had made him phone on gun point.

They told that Satnam had got employment in the ship through a Karnal based immigration agency and had gone to Egypt on May 20 2010 through Dubai adding that he was appointed as a painter in the ship and had boarded the vessel at Madras.