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Indian Commercial Ship with 10 crew members Hijacked by Somalian Pirates

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New Delhi, April 05, 2017: An Indian dhow which had 10 crew members from Gujarat while it was en route to Bosaso from Dubai has been hijacked by the pirates off the coast of Somalia as reported by TOI.

The vessel was seized in the proximity of Socotra (Island).

Approving this, an official of the directorate general of shipping told TOI that they have communicated with its Dubai-based owner Feroz Thaim, who has informed the agency that negotiations have begun to get the crew members released.

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“First we contacted one of the relatives in the morning and then we established contact with him (the owner). Thaim claims that the crew members are his relatives and he is trying his best to get them released in the next 3-4 days. Initially, there were reports of 11 crew members. But finally we found that there were 10 members in the vessel,” the official said.

Sources keeping track of the developments said it was not certain whether the owner of the dhow is of Indian origin.

“For us, the biggest concern is to get the Indians released quickly. We believe that he is putting his best efforts. We are in constant touch,” said the another official.

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It was the second attack in weeks after years of inactivity by pirates. It also said the pirates were taking the dhow and its crew members to Eyl in Puntland as reported by Reuters.

– Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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10 Things You Should know About Neerja Bhanot

She laid her life for the sake of other, when honoured called

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According to Neerja Bhanot's mother, Neerja was more beautiful than Sonam Kapoor. Wikimedia commons
According to Neerja Bhanot's mother, Neerja was even more beautiful than Sonam Kapoor. Wikimedia commons

A women who sacrificed her life, at the age of 24, so that she could protect her passengers. Her plane Pam Am Flight 73 was hijacked on the way to USA, she saved each and every life on that flight, except hers.

Sonam Kapoor starrer ‘Neerja’ is based on the same set of events. Kapoor won her first National award for the film.

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Here 10 must know facts about Neerja Bhanot:

1. She was born on 7th September, 1962 in Chandigarh to Harish and Rama Bhanot.

Her father was a journalist in his days. Her parents had prayed for long to get a daughter. When she was born, her father had thanked the nurse twice. She repeated, ‘It is a girl.’

2. She studied in Bombay Scottish School, and graduated from St Xavier’s college, Mumbai.

A ‘no problem’ child, who entertained ‘no nonsense’. Neerja’s family name was ‘Lado’.

3. She was a loyal friend.

Even if she had a disagreement with any of her friends, she would always be the first to sort it out. She always used to speak her mind, telling the truth.

4. Neerja Bhanot was a known face in ad campaigns.

She was around 18 years old when a photographer approached her for a modelling assignment. When the ad was printed, what followed was a mirage of jobs. Neerja had features in ads for Binaca, Vaporex and Krack Jack biscuits.

Her flight was hijacked on its way to United States of America. Pexels
Her flight was hijacked on its way to United States of America. Pexels

5. She was married to a man based in Sharjah in March 1985.

This was when her modelling career was taking off. But Neerja agreed to the marriage without any argument. However within two months of the marriage, she was subjected to mental and physical abuse.

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6. Neerja’s marriage came to an end when she came back to Mumbai for a modelling assignment.

Her husband sent her an ugly letter listing terms of her return. It was ‘accept the humiliating terms without a whimper at your own cost’ offer. The other option was separation. Bhanot chose the later.

7. She was picked in the top 80, out of 10,000 applicants for a job of flight attendant with Pam Am.

After her abusive marriage ended, Neerja wanted to prove herself. She used to say if something happened to her one day, even her ex-husband’s shadow should not fall on her dead body. Her wish was honoured.

8. She left home for the last time on 5th September 1986.

25 hours before turning 24, she left to attend her cabin-crew duty. Neerja Bhanot was known to be absolutely calm and efficient through the hijack episode. She alerted the captain, and it was her smartness that ensured the plane couldn’t take off.

She could have escaped first when she opened the emergency exit. Pexels
She could have escaped first when she opened the emergency exit. Pexels

9. She saved others, over herself.

Neerja could have saved herself when she opened the emergency exit, but that didn’t go well with her. She decided to be the last person to quit, be it alive or dead.

10. It was on 6th of September that her funeral took place, just a day before her birthday.

The women who died so other could live. She cremated with the chanting of ‘Goodbye darling, please keep coming’, her favourite mantra.

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