Pirates offer to free 46 Indians for 120 Somalis!!!

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Pirates offer to free 46 Indians for 120 Somalis

MUMBAI: As the trial of 120 Somali pirates begins in Mumbai, the Indian government has received a communication from sea brigands in the north-east African nation offering the release of 46 Indian sailors held hostage in return for the captured pirates' freedom.

The message proffering a swap was sent mid-January to the Union ministry of shipping, said security establishment sources. It came days before the trial of 120 pirates started in a Sewri fast-track court on January 21. Worried by the bargain proposal, the additional chief secretary (home ministry) recently held a meeting in Maharashtra with officials of the directorate-general of shipping and two senior police officers, a source said.

"The Somali pirates are blackmailing the Indian government. They have declared that they will release the Indian sailors—most of whom hail from Gujarat and Kerala—if their 120 associates are released by the government," said the source. The Indian seafarers, it is believed, were taken prisoner in various attacks.

"It will be the decision of the court looking at the pirates' crimes," said the source. "They are facing charges of waging war against the nation, kidnapping, murder, smuggling arms and ammunition, attempt to murder, apart from several charges under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act."

The 120 pirates being tried in Mumbai were captured by the Indian Navy in numerous raids. Around 60 of them were caught in March 2011 when naval ships intercepted the pirate mother vessel, Vega 5, in the Arabian Sea about 600 nautical miles west of India. Some others were netted when the Navy launched an assault to free the fishing trawler Al Murtaza that was captured by Somali pirates. In these and other raids about 70 hostages belonging to Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar and Pakistan were rescued and 11 AK-47 rifles with magazines, 10 AK-47s without magazines and two rocket-launchers were seized.

The Yellow Gate police have filed four chargesheets, each about 500-pages long against the 120 pirates, 16 of whom face murder charges.

Pirates offer to free 46 Indians for 120 Somalis - The Times of India

what the heck!!!
 

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Pirates offer to free 46 Indians for 120 Somalis

MUMBAI: As the trial of 120 Somali pirates begins in Mumbai, the Indian government has received a communication from sea brigands in the north-east African nation offering the release of 46 Indian sailors held hostage in return for the captured pirates' freedom.

The message proffering a swap was sent mid-January to the Union ministry of shipping, said security establishment sources. It came days before the trial of 120 pirates started in a Sewri fast-track court on January 21. Worried by the bargain proposal, the additional chief secretary (home ministry) recently held a meeting in Maharashtra with officials of the directorate-general of shipping and two senior police officers, a source said.

"The Somali pirates are blackmailing the Indian government. They have declared that they will release the Indian sailors—most of whom hail from Gujarat and Kerala—if their 120 associates are released by the government," said the source. The Indian seafarers, it is believed, were taken prisoner in various attacks.

"It will be the decision of the court looking at the pirates' crimes," said the source. "They are facing charges of waging war against the nation, kidnapping, murder, smuggling arms and ammunition, attempt to murder, apart from several charges under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act."

The 120 pirates being tried in Mumbai were captured by the Indian Navy in numerous raids. Around 60 of them were caught in March 2011 when naval ships intercepted the pirate mother vessel, Vega 5, in the Arabian Sea about 600 nautical miles west of India. Some others were netted when the Navy launched an assault to free the fishing trawler Al Murtaza that was captured by Somali pirates. In these and other raids about 70 hostages belonging to Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar and Pakistan were rescued and 11 AK-47 rifles with magazines, 10 AK-47s without magazines and two rocket-launchers were seized.

The Yellow Gate police have filed four chargesheets, each about 500-pages long against the 120 pirates, 16 of whom face murder charges.

Pirates offer to free 46 Indians for 120 Somalis - The Times of India

what the heck!!!
No negotiations with Terrorists. Period
 

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Inspite of all the above optimism I still believe that we do not have the capability for covert operations main reason for that is that we don't have good intelligence given that both IB and RAW are diverted for internal politics :(
 

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then whats the fate of 46 Indian sailors!!!!
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. We freed our hostages in 2009, but got him killed last month. It all comes down to intelligence.
 

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UPA's CONs are busy looting the nation by lods, they will never indulge in any international adventure!

BTW for CONs pakistan which is directly responsible for 1000s of deaths in India is NOT an enemy, then how come these islamic somali pirates who may chop the heads of these 46 Indian be the target for any such military operation!
 
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UPA's CONs are busy looting the nation by lods, they will never indulge in any international adventure!

BTW for CONs pakistan which is directly responsible for 1000s of deaths in India is NOT an enemy, then how come these islamic somali pirates who may chop the heads of these 46 Indian be the target for any such military operation!
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yes the whole world has seen how NDA deals with terrorists.....
I don't want to reply but who the heck did Pokhran II and who fought the Kargil war at a year after? and this govt is too scared to launch airstrikes in PoK after 26/11 when world opinion was in our favour.
 

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I don't want to reply but who the heck did Pokhran II and who fought the Kargil war at a year after? and this govt is too scared to launch airstrikes in PoK after 26/11 when world opinion was in our favour.
Like they said infront of the whole world media that "we will not negotiate with terrorists"........... and a few days later they released some of the worlds most dangerous terrorists who were involved in the most devastating terror attacks in history.

You cant compare this with 26/11, hostage rescue OPs usually dont mean the threat of nuclear war. And Kargil was a defensive war, we were fighting on Indian soil.
But I agree on Pokhran, they have shown some balls at that time.
 

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