Fish­er­men say they were beaten up

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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