TN fish­er­men say Coast Guard fired at them, per­son­nel re­fute charges

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation -

CHENNAI: The In­dian Cost Guard on Tues­day de­nied fir­ing on a fish­ing trawler af­ter a fish­er­man lodged a com­plaint with the po­lice in Ra­manatha­pu­ram al­leg­ing that he and oth­ers came un­der fire from a pa­trol ves­sel in the high seas on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

KP Arokiyadass who lodged the com­plaint and fel­low fish­er­man S Joh­son showed bul­lets to tele­vi­sion re­porters in Ra­manatha­pu­ram on Tues­day and al­leged that ICG per­son­nel on board a pa­trol ves­sel at­tacked them af­ter they could not stop their trawler ‘Je­ho­vah Jireh’ be­cause their fish­ing nets had al­ready been cast.

Since the boat kept mov­ing, the coast guard per­son­nel opened fire, the fish­er­men al­leged in an in­ter­view to a pri­vate tele­vi­sion chan­nel.

The fish­er­men al­leged that the coast guard per­son­nel then boarded their trawler and beat them up and asked them to learn Hindi be­fore leav­ing.

Fish­er­men’s as­so­ci­a­tions have con­demned the in­ci­dent and de­manded ac­tion against those ICG per­son­nel al­legedly in­volved in the fir­ing.

But the In­dian Coast Guard on Tues­day flatly de­nied that any of its per­son­nel fired at any fish­er­men aboard the Je­ho­vah Jireh.

“No fish­er­man was fired upon by any ICG ship in Palk Bay on Mon­day,” it said in a press state­ment is­sued in Chennai on Tues­day. KV LAK­SH­MANA

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