New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday thanked External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for his intervention in rescuing five Indian sailors including one from Odisha.
In a tweet, Pradhan thanked Jaishankar and all stakeholders for their efforts in securing the release of five Indian seafarers including that of Sudeep Chowdhary from Odisha.
Thank EAM @DrSJaishankar ji, MoS Shipping Sh. @mansukhmandviya, @india_nigeria and all stakeholders for their efforts in securing the release of 5 Indian seafarers including that of Sh. Sudeep Chowdhary from Odisha who was amongst our citizens kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria.
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 29, 2019
Pradhan had taken up the issue with the MEA after receiving a distress appeal from Pradeepta Kumar Chowdhary, a resident of Odisha whose son Sudeep, a Sailor 3rd Officer on the vessel ‘MT Apecus’ was kept hostage along with four other sailors from Haryana, Maharashtra and Andhra.
The Union Minister had written to Jaishankar regarding the same, requesting his personal intervention in the matter.
Sudeep Chaudhary, Ankit Hooda, Chirag Yadav, Avinash Reddy and Moogu Ravi were successfully released on 27 June.