Legislator Satyadeo Pachauri has asked for the release of a merchant navy officer who has been arrested in Guinea.

KANPUR: Local BJP MP Satyadeo Pachauri on Tuesday shot off a letter to the ministry of external affairs, asking its authorities to secure the safe release of Roshan Arora, a merchant navy officer and 16 other nationals of OSM Fleet Management (India) Pvt Limited, Chennai who are allegedly being illegally detained by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea since past three months.Pachauri said, “I am confident that the ministry is aware of the matter and is closely monitoring the developments in bringing the crew safely back to home. I can understand the pain of Roshan’s family. His family members are eagerly awaiting Roshan’s phone call in which he ‘says that he has been released’.” Pachauri said he has assured the family of Roshan that no effort will be spared to get him and other Indians back, adding that he has written a letter on Tuesday to the ministry of external affairs authorities and raised this matter with them. Meanwhile, after the arrest of 26 crew members, including Roshan Arora of city’s Govind Nagar Labor Colony, after taking possession of a Norwegian shipping company’s ship MT HEROIC IDUN, the health of its crew members has started deteriorating, Roshan’s sister Komal informed TOI on Tuesday.Komal, who is i n touch with her brother Roshan, told that during the chat on WhatsApp yesterday (Monday), her brother Roshan told that most of the crew members are in the grip of malaria and typhoid and he has appealed to the Indian government for immediate help.Pachauri and MLA Mahesh Trivedi had reached Roshan’s house on Monday and met his family. While talking to the media, the public representatives said that sometimes the international water boundary is not known and the boundary is breached, which is a punishable offence. “There is a fine under it. And which has been paid by the authorities of MT HEROIC IDUN to the authorities there. Then why have these people been held hostage?” they said. After meeting with Satyadeo Pachauri, father of Roshan Manoj Kumar Arora, who is toiling hard for the safe return of his son, said he is satisfied with the MP’s assurances. “I am satisfied but it’s been three months and I am anxious about my son. I wish I could see him in front of me soon,” said Manoj in a choked voice. He further said his son Roshan Arora is working as a third officer at MT HEROIC IDUN. “The vessel has a total of 26 crew members which includes 16 Indians, eight Sri Lankans, one Polish and one Filipino onboard. The vessel was detained by the Equatorial Guinea naval ship in international waters on August 12, 2022 and escorted to Luba port in Equatorial Guinea,” he said. He added, “However, as per the information provided to the crew members, the vessel was seized based on a request made by Nigeria. The vessel was supposed to load crude oil from Nigeria’s AKPO terminal on August 8, 2022. But, as per instructions, loading operation was delayed and vessel never carried cargo operations in Nigeria. On August 8, vessel was approached by an unidentified craft claiming to be of Nigerian Navy and asked to proceed with them and follow instructions. Vessel could not identify craft as it was late night development. Moreover, craft did not have its automatic identification system switched on.”

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