Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that Santosh Bhardwaj, the marine engineer who was kidnapped by pirates near Nigeria on 26 March, has been rescued.
"I am extremely happy to inform that Shri Santosh Bhardwaj has been rescued from pirates in Nigeria," Sushma said in a tweet along with a picture of Santosh's wife Kanchan.
Bhardwaj, who was working as third engineer in Singapore-based shipping company Transocean Limited, was kidnapped along with four colleagues when their ship Sampatiki was at sea, around 30 nautical miles off Nigerian capital Lagos.
Bhardwaj's relatives had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represents Varanasi in the Lok Sabha, to make efforts to free the marine engineer.
Bhardwaj hails from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi city.