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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SOMALI PIRATES: Armed men to be put on merchant ships to fight piracy: G.K. Vasan!

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July 26, 2011 / PTI, Panaji / DC.

Captured suspected Somali pirates after the Indian navy intercepted the pirate mother vessel 'Vega 5' in the Arabian sea - AFP
Captured suspected Somali pirates after the Indian navy intercepted the pirate mother vessel 'Vega 5' in the Arabian sea - AFP.

To fight piracy in the country, the government has mooted a proposal to equip Indian merchant vessels with armed security guards, a Union Minister said.
Union Minister for Shipping G. K. Vasan, in a written reply to Goa Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik, said that the proposal to deploy armed security guards on Indian merchant ships to thwart attacks by pirates in international waters is under consideration by the government.
Vasan said that the Union Government will shortly take a view on this aspect, keeping in mind criminal activities affecting merchant navy ship operations.
The Goa MP had written to the Ministry that "world powers have to put in more efforts to thwart such criminal activities or else even terrorists will resort to piracy as one of the methods of terrorising the world community."
The MP had written, "Ship owners should be authorised to carry arms for self-defence and face armed pirates, when they board their ships...It is appreciated that the Indian Navy has been playing an important role in this regard and more powers have to be given to it to tackle the problem of ship hijacking."


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