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Friday, 24 May 2024 9.42 AM IST

Stalemate continues: Malayalis still stranded ten days after ship hijacking

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KOZHIKODE: Relatives are praying for the Malayalis trapped on the Iran-seized ship. Despite assurances from both central and state governments that efforts are underway for their release, no hopeful information has been received even after ten days.

Ann Tessa Joseph, a native of Thrissur who was aboard the ship, has returned home safely. However, there is still concern for the other three people: TP Shyamnath from Velliparap, Kozhikode; PV Dhanesh from Kattikulam, Wayanad and Sumesh, son of Sivaraman, from Palakkad who remain stranded on the ship.

Shyamnath managed to call his mother on the night of the 15th after the ship was seized by Iranian forces. He assured her that everyone was safe and provided with food. During the brief conversation, lasting about ten minutes, they discussed ensuring the safety of everyone onboard. However, Shyamnath's father Viswanathan expressed concern over the lack of further communication, causing distress for the families.

While officials have promised to work towards their rescue, citing the upcoming election as a factor, the families remain anxious. The ship, carrying four Malayalis, was seized by Iran on the afternoon of the 13th.

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