Mumbai: Fishermen allege harassment by police

Last Updated: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 16:38

Mumbai: Fishermen on Sunday accused the
police, Navy, Customs and ONGC officials of harassing them and
filing false cases.

Talking to reporters here, Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar
Kriti Samiti (AMMKS) President Damodar Tandel alleged that
fake cases of trespassing into ONGC area have been registered
against fishermen.

"We are not allowed to go into the 3km circumference
of ONGC rig in the Arabian sea. Recently, Navy, which patrols
the sea, confiscated our fishing-related documents and asked
ONGC to take action against us. ONGC, in return, registered
cases against the fishermen at the Yellow Gate police
station," he said.

He said notices were also served on six fishermen and
they were asked to pay fine.

The ONGC and police officials later released that
fishermen had not violated any law. But since the ONGC had
registered the case, they said it cannot be withdraw, Tandel
said.

"Earlier, we were asked to pay Rs 1 lakh but we
refused. Later the officials said we can get away by paying Rs
5,000 (as fine). But we refused to pay that as well, as it
would mean we were culprits," he said.

Tandel said he has taken up the issue with Home
Minister RR Patil, who has assured to look into the matter.

He said after the 26/11 terror attacks, the cases of
harassment against the fishermen by coastal security agencies
have increased.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 16:38

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