Bhubaneswar: Odia marine engineer Sudeep Kumar Choudhury who was among the five Indian sailors abducted by Nigerian pirates, arrived at Bhubaneswar airport today. There was a huge crowd comprising family and friends to welcome Sudeep at the airport.
His family had moved the External Affairs Ministry seeking the safe release of the Odia seafarer who spent more than a month in the captivity of Nigerian pirates.
The sailors’ team was rescued on June 27 and arrived in Mumbai a day after. The High Commission of India in Nigeria had sought the assistance from the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to track these abducted Indian sailors.
The seafarers who were abducted and released were Putcha Sai Avinash and Moogu Ravi from Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh, Jadhav Chirag Deepak of Maharashtra, Sudeep Kumar Choudhury of Odisha, and Anikit Hooda of Rohtak in Haryana.
These Indian sailors were kidnapped from their vessel MT Apecus on April 19, 2019 and taken ashore off Bonny Island in Nigeria.