Ransom paid to pirates, says Rohtak’s Ankit
Four days after they were “rescued” from the custody of pirates in Nigeria, the five Indian seafarers, including Ankit Hooda from Assan village of Rohtak, arrived in India today. The sailors arrived at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in an Ethiopian Airlines flight and were received by family and officials of the Directorate of Shipping.
Contrary to the Directorate of Shipping press release that said they rescued the seamen with the help of Nigerian army, Ankit claimed pirates released them only after the ship owner paid ransom to them at the hideout where they were held captive.
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