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35 pirates caught from Somalia reached Mumbai, warship INS Kolkata handed over to police

35 pirates captured from Somalia were brought to Mumbai.

New Delhi:

Warship INS Kolkata reached Mumbai on Saturday morning carrying 35 pirates caught in an operation near Somalia coast (Somalian Pirates Handed Over To Mumbai Police), the Navy informed. After this these pirates were handed over to Mumbai Police. Let us inform that this action was taken under ‘Operation Sankalp’, under which Indian Navy ships have been deployed in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, to ensure the safety of sailors and cargo ships passing through the area. In this operation, the Indian Navy caught the pirates.

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35 pirates brought to Mumbai

“INS Kolkata returned to Mumbai on March 23 with 35 captured pirates. The pirates were handed over to the local police for further legal action under Indian laws, particularly the Anti-Maritime Piracy Act 2022,” the Navy said.

In an operation lasting over 40 hours on March 15, INS Kolkata intercepted the pirate vessel ex-MV Rouen in the Arabian Sea based on inputs from UKMTO (United Kingdom Maritime) of the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region. Had given. The ship was being used as a mother ship for piracy attacks and kidnapping of merchants. After which, on the morning of 15 March, INS Kolkata started keeping an eye on the pirate ship.

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The pirate ship changed its course as soon as it saw INS Kolkata and started heading towards the Somali coast. The Navy said that several pirates with weapons were also seen on the upper deck of the ship. However, the pirates refused to agree and started firing on the navy. Whereas INS Kolkata, acting in self-defence, initiated necessary action to disable the ship and force the pirates to surrender. INS Subhadra was also involved in this operation along with INS Kolkata.

Pirates had surrendered to the Navy

In front of the action of the Indian Army, all the pirates on board the ship knelt down and surrendered. After which 35 pirates and 17 crew members were taken into custody and sent to Indian Navy ships.

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