02 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: An Odia marine engineer, Sudeep Kumar Choudhury is among five Indian seafarers who were kidnapped by pirates from MT Apecus (vessel) off Nigeria coast on April 19. The families of the abducted sailors in India have no clue on the whereabouts of the sailors from the past 13 days.
Sudeep's wife Bhagyashree has reached out to the political leaders, Indian High Commission in Nigeria and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, seeking information on her husband.
Writing in distress to Swaraj, Bhagyashree tweeted:
@SushmaSwaraj ma'am plz look into this matter. It's been more than 10 days and yet no updates on this. We even don't know where and how they are! We are eagerly waiting for your reply! We have faith and hope on you and I am sure you won't disappoint us. Plz save my husband!
Responding to her SOS, the Indian High Commission responded that the mission was in constant touch with the Nigerian authorities over the matter. "Mission is in very close touch with Nigerian Navy and police for last ten days as per SOP. Concerned parties have made initial contact. Caution is of utmost importance for everyone's safety," the Indian High Commission in Nigeria responded through a tweet.
Sudeep is a native of Berhampur and his family resides at Kharvel Nagar in Bhubaneswar. The other Indian sailors who are reportedly in the custody of the pirates are Ankit Hooda, Chirag Jadhav, Putcha sai Avinash and Moogu Ravi.
BJP National vice-president Baijayant Panda has written to the Indian High Commissioner Abhay Thakur urging for the safe rescue of the Indians abducted in the incident.