Shiv Sena has urged the Centre to bring back the 39 Indian sailors stranded
in Chinese waters.
Party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Priyanka Chaturvedi raised the
issue with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a letter.
"The 39 Indian sailors have been left to their fate without much
support from the central government and their families are struggling to get
them back. The families of the sailors, many of whom are based in Maharashtra,
have been running from pillar to post with no help in sight," she said.
Two cargo vessels-
MV Anastasia and MV Jag Anand- with 39 Indians on board not allowed to unload
Two cargo vessels- MV Anastasia and MV Jag Anand- with 39 Indians on board
have been on anchorage in Chinese waters as they were not allowed to unload
their cargo though some other ships have managed to do so.
"The impasse came due to a trade war China has with Australia that has
forced the two vessels to drop anchor at Chinese ports.
The ships were refused permission by the Chinese authorities to offload
their cargo and were not even allowed to send other sailors to relieve the
crew," Chaturvedi said in the letter.
While MV Anastasia has been docked at China's Bohai sea, MV Jag Anand is
anchored at Port of Jingtang, she said.
Trade disputes not
new and citizens cannot be made "sacrificial lambs”
Chaturvedi said that trade disputes between countries were not new and
citizens cannot be made "sacrificial lambs" in such matters.
"This impasse needs to be resolved at the earliest and the sailors should
be brought back home," she said.