New Delhi, July 23: Atlast five Indian sailors who were stuck in the United Arab Emirates got relief as they returned back to their home land. The sailors were stuck on a UAE ship for months with no payment of their salaries, informed the Indian Consulate General said on Saturday.
The sailors Subith Sukumaran from Kerala, Amit Chandel from Himachal Pradesh, Naib S from Haryana, Vikram S from Punjab and Harendra S from Uttar Pradesh were stuck at Sharjah Moon ship in UAE.
Indian Consulate General in Dubai said, "With our persistent efforts five Indian sailors of Sharjah Moon stuck for many months returning home tonight”. "We had intervened earlier to send back captain of the ship Jaiprakash-Uttarakhand on July 1", it added.
The Consulate also stated that they had intervened earlier to send back captain of the ship Jaiprakash-Uttarakhand on July 1 and thanked their team; the UAE's Federal Transport Authority and Comptroller General of Panama for their joint effort in helping the sailors to return back India.
The sailors had not been paid their salaries for about 6-12 months. The owner of the ship was refusing to cooperate on this, maintained Consulate.
Interestingly, this is not the first time when Indian government and Minister Sushma Swaraj intervened for the safety and security of Indian nationals residing abroad. On March 30, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the release of 29 Indian workers from Saudi Arabia and 2 Indian nationals who were abducted by rebels in South Sudan. Minister Swaraj also appreciated the efforts of Indian Ambassador Srikumar Menon in South Sudan for the release of Indian nationals.
Previously in the month of February this year, the government of India announced the release of five Indian nationals belongs to Kerala, serving the prison term in African nation Togo. All these five Indians, the employees of a Merchant Navy firm were in a prison since July 2013 for their suspected involvement in a piracy attack off the coast of Togo. They were sailing on board a ship from Mumbai to South Africa when they were arrested.