Fishermen say they were beaten up
K Pichai Arokiyadass and S Johnson, the fishermen who were injured in the alleged firing by the Coast Guard, said they were beaten up by the personnel.
Arokiyadass, in his complaint, said that he, along with five other fishermen, was fishing about four nautical miles from Olaikuda around 3.15 pm when personnel from the ICG vessel 77 asked them to stop.
When they kept moving stating that they had laid the net and could not stop, the coast guard personnel opened fire at them, he alleged. After they stopped the trawler, four ICG personnel got into their boat and thrashed them with stick and iron rods for not stopping the trawler, he claimed.