They were warning shots: CG
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.