A week after the frigate INS Tabar sank what it said was a pirate ‘mother ship’ in the Gulf of Aden, questions are being raised about the vessel’s identity.
A Thai company has claimed the vessel was actually a trawler owned by it. The firm said the trawler was sailing from Oman to Yemen to deliver fishing equipment when pirates hijacked it on November 18.
That same evening, the Indian warship chanced upon the vessel, which was being taken to Somalia, with two speedboats in tow. When the navy challenged the pirates, they threatened to blow up the Tabar and started firing.
When the Tabar returned the fire, a blaze broke out on the suspected pirate ship, the navy had reported.
While the navy did not have any confirmed reports of casualties, the Thai firm has claimed one of its sailors was killed and 14 are missing.
The navy on Tuesday declined to comment. But earlier in the day it released photographs of the ship exploding after the Tabar’s action.