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7 Indian sailors seek help after 2 years of being held captive by pirates


Shoaib Ahmed,CNN-IBN
Oct 06, 2012 at 02:00pm IST

Mumbai: A dramatic new video that captures the plight of seven Indian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates has surfaced. After two years in captivity, seven Indian sailors continue to remain in captivity onboard merchant vessel MV Asphalt Venture.

The sailors have issued a desperate appeal to the Indian government through YouTube, saying their health is deteriorating and they are now desperately seeking release. They have appealed to the Prime Minister, the President and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to save their lives.

A tense Chief Engineer Bahadur Singh has sought government's intervention at the earliest. "We are fed up. Mentally tensed all the time. Our health is not good. Please save us." Earlier, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had said that India will take steps to tackle piracy and bring our captive sailors back.

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