Varanasi: Marine engineer, Santosh Bhardwaj, who was held in captivity by pirates in Nigeria and then later released, reached his residence in Varanasi on Wednesday.
While speaking to ANI, Bhardwaj said, "The Indian Govt contributed a lot, were in touch with the Embassy, our company. We were very scared at first, didn’t know what to expect. But the pirates said they wanted money; won't harm us."
He even added, "The pirates basically wanted money; they then contacted the company we worked for and asked for ransom money."
Santosh Bhardwaj (who was held in captivity in Nigeria & then released) at his residence in Varanasi. pic.twitter.com/tUx6y4kNZk
— ANI (@ANI_news) 12 May 2016
Santosh Bhardwaj works with Transnav as a marine engineer and was kidnapped by pirates near Nigeria on March 26.
Bhardwaj was kidnapped along with four of his colleagues belonging to different countries (two from Ukraine, one from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh) when their ship Sampatiki was at sea, around 30 nautical miles off the Nigerian capital of Lagos.