On the eve of independence day came news of an intercept by the Indian Navy off the Porbandar coast – the Marine Navy Commandos rescuing the crew of Iran-based MV Nafis. INS Mysore rescued the ship said to be hijacked and under attack by pirates. TIMES NOW’s Correspondent Jugal Purohit spoke to the crew members who added a twist to the tale when they said they were never hijacked or under pirate threat. Navy claims men caught are pirates. Men caught claim otherwise.
Different versions came out of one incident while these 9 men – citizens of Yemen, Tanzania and Somalia – were interrogated after the incident.
But, the Gujarat Police has another version of events. According to them, there is no evidence to support the Navy’s claims.
Gujarat police says there is no evidence to suggest that the ship was hijacked or involved in nefarious activity. The police says there were no pirates found, and no case could be made out against them.
Deepan Bhadran, SP, Porbandar, said, “So far we have found no material evidence to suggest that the ship was either hijacked or was involved in any nefarious activities. We have found out that only the owner and crew were present in the ship. There were no pirates found. No police case made out against them. We have asked NOC from Navy, Coast Guard, Customs so that their repatriation proceedings can be started. There is no offence made out against them or the ship under IPC or CRPC.”
-via Times Now