A Rajasthan Congress leader has claimed that 10 sailors from the Indian merchant navy have been trapped for a month on a ship anchored in a port in Northern Cyprus and have requested the Center’s intervention to rescue them.
The sailors are among the ship’s 13 crew members and are not allowed to disembark, according to the family of one of them.
Bundi-based congress leader Charmesh Sharma claimed that the company that originally owned the ship sold it to another company, which pressured the crew to take it to Libya.
In his appeal, Mr Sharma requested the immediate intervention of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to rescue the sailors.
One of the sailors, Sanjeev Singh Rathod from Udaipur in Rajasthan, recently called his wife on WhatsApp and told her about the dire circumstances he and other crew members are facing. He told her there is a food shortage and their lives are in danger, Sharma told PTI on Sunday.
Singh’s wife Sweta said she last spoke to her husband on Saturday and he told her port authorities were going to block their mobile networks and internet connections.
The crew members are not allowed to disembark and are being pressured to take the ship to a port in a war zone in Libya, she claimed.
Sweta claimed that she has repeatedly appealed to the concerned authorities for help, but so far has not received a positive response from any of them.
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