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Misdeeds by Somali pirates
Published on 16 Feb. 2011 11:42 PM IST
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Somalia has not had a functioning government in two decades, and piracy has flourished off its coast. The elusive robbers of the high seas have greatly expanded the areas where they operate in the recent years and Indian sailors are facing the crisis with very little or simply no support from the government.The pirates have already struck four times capturing at least 27 Indian sailors in 2011. An anti-piracy mission on January 28, 2011, saw the Navy kill ten pirates and arrest 20.
Last year in September, the MT Asphalt Venture was hijacked, the fate of the fifteen Indians on board remains uncertain.
In August 2010, MV Suez was hijacked by the notorious Somali pirates in which six Indians were part of the crew
MT Marida Marguerite remained under the control of pirates for seven months before it was released on December 28 after a ransom of $ 5.5 million was paid.
On December 15, 2009 pirates seized Laxmi Sagar, an Indian vessel off the Somalian coast and took ten sailors hostage.
2009 also saw Indian sailors on board Al Khaliq being released after a ransom payment of $ 3.1 million.
Perhaps the most dramatic hijack was in September 2008, when MT Stolt Valor was seized in the Gulf of Aden. Eighteen Indian sailors were released after 60 days of intense government pressure.

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