MUMBAI: A sessions court on Thursday heard theSomali pirates case. The trial in the fourth case will be continued tomorrow.¬†
The 120 pirates were nabbed in four operations that were carried out by the¬†Indian Coast Guardand the Indian Navy off Lakshadweep in 2011.
The Coast Guard and the navy later handed over the pirates to¬†the Yellow Gate police¬†to carry out the inquiry. The pirates have been booked on charges of attempt to murder. The first batch of 15 pirates was captured on January 28 in a 28-hour operation 300 nautical miles (570 km) off¬†Lakshadweep Islands¬†carried out by the Indian Navy and rescued 20 fishermen of Thai and¬†Myanmarese nationalities.
On February 6, last year 28 more pirates were caught in a joint anti- piracy operation by the Coast Guard and Indian Navy and rescued 24¬†Thai fishermen. On March 12 two Indian Navy warships intercepted a pirate mothership, Vega 5, about 600 nautical miles off the country’s western coast captured Sixty-one pirates and 13 fishermen were rescued. On March 26 the piracy attempt on MV Maersk Kensington thwarted¬†west of Lakshadweep¬†was foiled and arrested 16 Somali pirates and rescued 16 hostages.