Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rescue Indians stranded in Chinese waters
Congress party leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rescue 39 Indian sailors who are stranded in Chinese waters for months together.
“A concerted effort must be put in place to rescue the Indian sailors who have been stranded off the Chinese coast aboard the cargo ships, namely MV Anastasia and MV Jag Anand, for months together with no signs of any relief.” Chowdhury, who also leads the Congress Party in West Bengal, wrote in the letter.
The government said on Wednesday that the Indian sailors will return soon, as diplomatic talks with the neighboring country are underway.
“Diplomatic talks are underway for this with success. Our seafarers will be coming to India soon, ”said the minister of ports, shipping and inland waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya, in response to a question about sailors trapped in China for the past seven months during the cabinet briefing, earlier This week.
The Indians are part of the crew of the two ships, which carry Australian coal, which have not been allowed to unload their cargo.
There are 23 Indian crew members on the MV Jag Anand bulk cargo ship, anchored near Jingtang port in Hebei province since June 13. Another 16 Indian crew members have been at MV Anastasia, anchored near Caofeidian port since 20 September.
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“It is also feared that, in addition to the two ships, more than a thousand Indian sailors are also stranded on many other ships. They are simply the victims of the trade rivalry between China and Australia, ”Chowdhury wrote in the letter, adding that the stranded sailors were being deprived of even basic medical facilities.
China had said on December 25 that there was no “link” between the crew of an Indian ship stranded in its Chinese ports and strained relations with India and Australia.
“I suggest the government to put all diplomatic instruments into service and also highlight the issue to draw worldwide attention to the Chinese atrocities on Indian sailors with the aim of securing their release from Chinese captivity as soon as possible,” Chowdhury wrote.