Amritsar: An Indian and three Pakistani were rescued from a prison on board a ship in Nigeria following the efforts of leading Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney.
The four were detained in a private prison on board an oil ship 'AOG Alexandra' with Moroni flag, in Nigeria since March 4 without food, clean water and due to engine failure without electricity.
The former Expert Advisor to the UN on human rights, Ansar Burney in an email said that with the cooperation of the Indian High Commission, the Pakistan government and Nigerian authorities he visited Lagos port to rescue the three Pakistanis and an Indian from the private prison of the ship.
The rescue operation was carried out by the Nigerian authorities, he said.
Secretary General of Akhil Bharatiya Human Rights Organisation H S Tanwar, associated with the Burney Trust, in a press conference here today said that the rescued were identified as Chief Engineer Khalid, Second Engineer M Salauddin Daar, Electrical Engineer Muhammad Saeed Ur Rehman Khan and Indian national Rahul Jabhav.
"The ship was stuck at Lagos where the African crew had left it, but the passports of three Pakistanis and an Indian were taken by the agent of the shipping company without giving them five months salary, and they were later detained in a private prison threatening to kill them," Tanwar added.


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