Mumbai/New Delhi, Jan 31 (Agencies): Over 15 pirates including 14 Somali and one Ethopian pirate was arrested and handed over to Mumbai police by Indian coast guard, here on Monday.

The 15 arrested pirates, who were apprehended by the Indian Navy following a gunbattle off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands, will be interrogated in Mumbai on Monday.

"They (pirates) are being brought to Mumbai and their interrogation would take place today," said Commander PVS Satish, the naval spokesperson.

The pirates were caught after the Thailand-registered 'Prantalay' which was being used by them was intercepted by Navy's Fast Attack Craft (FAC) INS Canskaro on Friday last in the Arabian Sea.

The pirates were using the Thai fishing trawler as 'mother-ship' which they had hijacked sometimes back.

On being chased and apprehended by the fast attack naval craft, the pirates jumped in the waters.

During interrogation, Naval officials, police and intelligence officials would try to ascertain their modus-operandi.

Meanwhile, the crew member of the hijacked fishing trawler - Myanmarese and Thai nationals- are being taken to Kochi for questioning after which they would be sent back to their homes.