Anand Bodh, TNN | Aug 18, 2012,
SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday sought the intervention of Union government to ensure the release of state resident Aman Kumar who is being made hostage by Somali pirates for last 21 months.
Aman Kumar, a resident of Kardiyal village of Kangra district was serving as crew member with the MV ALBEDO Ship of Majestic Enrich Shipping Company of Malaysia and had been held as hostage by Somalian sea-pirates since November 20,2010. The 45 days deadline given by pirates is nearing its end and they have already killed another Indian hostage from Kolkata.
Dhumal on Saturday wrote a letter to union minister for Shipping, G Kvasan. In his letter Dhumal reminded him of the earlier correspondence made by him in this regard with him and other concerned authorities in the union government. He said that the 21 years old is in the custody of Somali pirates for last over 20 months. “Parents of Aman Kumar have informed me that there had not been much communication with their son except a call they received from him recently stating that he was not getting sufficient food for survival and had expressed fear for his life,” Dhumal said.
Dhumal said father of Aman Kumar, Kewal Krishan had been running from pillar to post to seek release of his son but nothing except consolation had been received. He requested the union minister for his personal intervention in the matter and get all Indians, including Aman Kumar, released immediately as the dead line of 45 days announced by the pirates would soon be over.
He said that the union government needed to act fast and get the hostages released immediately since over 20 months time had already passed. He requested Vasan for taking effective steps immediately in the matter by raising the issue at appropriate level with union government and their counterparts in foreign countries so that the hostages were released immediately.
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