Kin Battling to Bring back Sailors’ Bodies

Published: 13th February 2015 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2015 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

By Anil S

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ( KERALA):In what could possibility turn out to be yet another case of recruitment fraud, two Indian seafarers - one each from Kerala and Tamil Nadu - were killed on board an oil tanker off Malaysia in the first week of February.

And ten days after the mishap, relatives of the two sailors are running from pillar to post to bring their mortal remains to India.

According to available information, Indian sailors Vignesh Ramakrishnan of Madurai and Nikhil Silvi of Kochi were killed on board the oil tanker MT Care Usia off Malaysia on February 3. The family members of Nikhil Silvi have already approached the authorities seeking speedy action in bringing back the mortal remains. An affidavit requesting repatriation of body was also sent to the Indian Embassy in Malaysia.  Though the DG Shipping was approached on Monday itself there is little progress, said Manoj Joy, national coordinator of Sailors Helpline in Chennai. 

“We have already brought up the issue of Nikhil Silvi before the DG Shipping. The family members are unable to wait indefinitely for the mortal remains. They still have no clue on when the mortal remains will be sent to India,” Manoj added.  What is saddening is the fact that the families of these sailors don’t have enough information about the agency which recruited them. 

“Most probably these could be cases of  recruitment fraud aiming at Indian sailors. One of the communications from Nikhil’s family says that they don’t have information about the vessel’s Indian agent,” Manoj said.

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