12-05-2016

Engineer kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria rescued

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Santosh Bharadwaj, an engineer working with a Singapore based shipping company, has been freed by pirates in Nigeria almost three months after he was kidnapped.

"I am extremely happy to inform that Shri Santosh Bhardwaj has been rescued from pirates in Nigeria," external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet along with a picture of Santosh's wife Kanchan.

Marine engineer Santosh Bhardwaj was kidnapped by pirates near Nigeria on March 26.

Bhardwaj was working with Transocean Limited and was kidnapped along with four colleagues from different countries (two from Ukraine, one from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh) when their ship Sampatiki was at sea, around 30 nautical miles off Nigerian capital Lagos.

Bhardwaj's relatives had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represents Varanasi in the Lok Sabha, to get the marine engineer freed.

 

MEA sources said Bharadwaj was released on evening of May 10 and was medically stable. "(He) departed for India on board Emirates flight EK 782 ex-Lagos and was scheduled to reach Mumbai at 1400 hrs today. He is scheduled to Varanasi at 1900 hrs local time."

MEA officials said the employer company M/s Transnav (based in Singapore) negotiated with the kidnappers and "our Mission was in constant touch with company management and regularly monitored the progress in negotiations."

Source: TOI

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