Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has intervened to help secure the release of Indian sailors being held captive by Somali pirates.
    
"Prime Minister Manmohan has intervened in the matter to help secure the release of those Indian sailors who are being held captive by Somali pirates," he said

Chandy said the Centre has constituted a cabinet sub committee to deal with it and the state would do everything possible to secure the release of the sailors, including some from Kerala, he said while replying to a submission of Thomas Unniyadan (KC-M).
     
He brought to the notice of the house the plight of families of Kerala sailors of M V Royal Grace, which was seized off Oman in March 2012.
     
The pirates had demanded ransom for their release as they had kept both sailors and ship with them, he said, adding talks were on to secure their release.
     
In another incident, pirates had released the ship they hijacked, but had confined the sailors in Somalia jungles and were demanding the release of some detained Somali pirates in return for freeing them. "The Centre has in principle agreed to this," he said.

(Agencies)

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