Basra said defence officials have warned that though no evidence has been found to indicate links between the pirates and terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda and LeT, the proximity of the attacks, the knowledge of routes they possess and the weapons they wield pose a security threat to India." It is definitely a huge security threat and we are prepared for it, which is why whenever we find that the pirates have come in to our waters we take action and bring them to trial here," a defence official said.
The latest arrest also freed 24 Thai fishermen who were held captive on board Prantalay 11 for almost nine months. The fishermen were being held in lieu of a ransom of around Rs 41 crore and were kept as prisoners when the owner expressed his inability to pay up. Coast guard officials said two Thai fishermen had died. The pirates had treated them inhumanely, beating them up and not giving them any food.
The captured pirates will face murder and attempt to murder charges in Mumbai. india today