By Indian News Express

A 15-member crew, including 12 Indians onboard oil tanker MT B Elephant, has been under illegal captivity of the Egyptian Navy off Alexandria for almost four months. The tanker was seized and the crew detained by the Egyptian Navy and Telecom after the vessel allegedly damaged a submarine cable in Alexandria/Egypt territorial waters on March 22.

“The Indian Embassy promised that they would get us out by June 30. But nothing happened. We approached the Shipping Ministry, but in vain,” said Chief Officer of MT B Elephant Mukesh Kumar from Egypt.

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