New Delhi, May 11: Indian marine engineer Santosh Bhardwaj who was kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria on March 26 this year, has been safely rescued.
The news was confirmed by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday, May 11 on Twitter.
"I am extremely happy to inform that Shri Santosh Bhardwaj has been rescued from pirates in Nigeria," she tweeted, along with the picture of engineer's wife Kanchan Kumari.
Bhardwaj who hails from Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh works with a Singapore-based shipping company Transocean Limited.
In March, Bhardwaj, alongwith four other colleaugues from other countries (2 from Ukraine, 1 from Denmark and 1 from Pakistan) was abducted by pirates in Lagos, from their ship Sampatiki.
Earlier, Bhardwaj's family members had written to Prime Minister and Varanasi MP Narendra Modi for seeking his release.
Bhardwaj stays with his family in Raj Tilak area of Kashi.
I am extremely happy to inform that Shri Santosh Bhardwaj has been rescued from pirates in Nigeria.pic.twitter.com/a4ikQUe9y8— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 11, 2016