Somali pirates apprehended by Navy to be interrogated in Mumbai

The 15 Somali pirates, who were apprehended by the Indian Navy following a gun battle off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands, will be interrogated in Mumbai today.
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Updated on Jan 31, 2011 01:22 PM IST
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The 15 Somali pirates, who were apprehended by the Indian Navy following a gun battle off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands, will be interrogated in Mumbai on Monday.

"They (pirates) are being brought to Mumbai and their interrogation would take place today," said Commander PVS Satish, the naval spokesperson.

The pirates were caught after the Thailand registered 'Prantalay', which was being used by them, was intercepted by the Navy's Fast Attack Craft (FAC), INS Canskaro, on Friday last in the Arabian Sea. The pirates were using the Thai fishing trawler as the 'mother ship' which they had hijacked some time back.

On being chased and apprehended by the naval FAC, the pirates jumped in the waters.

During interrogation, Naval officials, police and intelligence officials would try to ascertain their modus operandi. Meanwhile, the crew member of the hijacked fishing trawler -- Myanmarese and Thai nationals -- are being taken to Kochi for questioning, after which they would be sent back to their homes.

The crew was rescued by INS Cankarso after they too jumped in the waters during the military action.

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