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Goan kidnapped by pirates dies in captivity

Abuja: Nineteen Indians, kidnapped by pirates from a commercial vessel from the high seas off the western coast of Africa last month, have been released while one died in their captivity, according to the Indian mission here.

Goa NRI Commissioner Narendra Sawaikar on Sunday said the person who died in captivity after being abducted by the pirates was from Ambelim village in Goa.

In a tweet, Sawaikar said, “It is being informed that Brito D’Silva one of 4 #Goans seafarers from Ambelim kidnapped by #Nigerian #pirates dies under abduction. 18 seafarers have been released by pirates today. Demanding an inquiry into the matter.”

Twenty Indian crewmembers were kidnapped from the vessel MT Duke in the high seas off the western coast of Africa on December 15.

The High Commission of India in Abuja on Sunday tweeted that 19 Indian nationals were released on Saturday while one died in the captivity of pirates in “adverse conditions”.

India thanked the Nigerian authorities for their assistance in the release of the abducted Indians.

“Indian Govt and Mission gave highest priority and worked with @NigeriaGov on release of 20 Indian seafarers kidnapped on 15 Dec from MV Duke. 19 were released yesterday. One sadly died in captivity in adverse conditions. Our deepest condolences. Mission assisting in speedy return,” the Indian High Commission tweeted.

The Indian mission in Abuja had taken up the matter with the Nigerian authorities and also with the authorities of the neighbouring countries.

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