Terror at Sea

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Ki­ran Ra­jani New Delhi, In­dia

It was hor­rific to know of the un­for­tu­nate Pak­istani fish­er­men who met with their un­timely death at the hands of in­com­pe­tent In­dian Coast Guard per­son­nel. I agree with the au­thor of ‘Hor­ror at Sea’ when he ex­presses his in­credulity at the ex­tremely high level of un­pro­fes­sion­al­ism ex­hib­ited by the Coast Guard who some­how deemed it un­nec­es­sary to board the boat to check whether their sus­pi­cions were cor­rect and in­stead chose to sink the fish­ing boat, killing the four un­armed fish­er­men on­board.

This in­ci­dent has def­i­nitely put the In­dian gov­ern­ment in hot wa­ters as, ac­cord­ing to laws stip­u­lated by the gov­ern­ment with re­gard to the en­try of a for­eign ves­sel on its na­tive wa­ters, board­ing and search­ing is a stan­dard re­quire­ment. Though the au­thor has high­lighted an­tiPak­istan sen­ti­ment as a pos­si­ble cause be­hind the in­ci­dent, I per­son­ally feel it is mere care­less­ness and in­com­pe­tence on be­half of the In­dian Coastal Guard for which they should be pun­ished.

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