Two Somali nationals nabbed

Two Somali nationals nabbed

The Somali nationals, identified as Abdi Fataah (19) and Mehmood (33), were sighted 20 nautical miles away from Gangolli in Kundapur taluk by fishermen from Kanyakumari on Monday. They were later handed over to the Coastal Security Police.

Mukund Nayak, Inspector, Coastal Security Police, told Deccan Herald that the two Somalis were seeking help as their fibre boat had developed a technical problem.

The fishermen contacted their agent Vikram in Malpe, who in turn alerted the Coastal Security Police.

Some groceries, coal, food items, a few Somalian currency notes, vessels and a mobile phone were recovered from the boat. The duo spoke only Somali, while one could write their names as well as the name of a place in English.

They informed they had left Somalia on June 9. The police interrogated the two with the help of a student from Ethiopia who is pursuing studies in Manipal.

Following the interrogation they revealed that they were fishermen from Somalia, and that they had got separated from the mother boat while fishing in a gulf.