They were warn­ing shots: CG

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Dennis S. Je­su­dasan

A se­nior of­fi­cer of the In­dian Coast Guard on Tues­day claimed that fish­er­men in two boats in­volved in the banned dou­ble trawl­ing in the Palk Bay did not re­spond to re­peated warn­ings due to which “warn­ing shots” — from a “very-low cal­i­bre gun” — were given by the Coast Guard.

Seek­ing to ex­plain the coastal se­cu­rity agency’s ver­sion of the in­ci­dent, Coast Guard Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer and DIG Y.K. Singh told The Hindu that the Coast Guard ship on its rou­tine pa­trol lo­cated two boats.

“We rou­tinely and ran­domly in­ter­cept boats to check whether they com­ply with all rules such as colour cod­ing, car­ry­ing ID cards and life jack­ets among oth­ers. In this case, soon af­ter we asked them to stop, they cut the nets and trans­ferred men from one boat to an­other. Since they didn’t stop, we made warn­ing shots,” he said.

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