South Asian Fishermen Fraternity urges govt to detain US ship

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 19:18

Kochi: The South Asian Fishermen fraternity today urged the Indian Government to act immediately to detain the crew and the US Naval ship from which shots had been fired killing an Indian fisherman and injuring three others in Dubai waters.

The government should not keep mum saying the incident had occurred in another country, General Secretary of the Fraternity, Father Churchill told PTI from Kanyakumari.

Just as the government had acted in the case relating to shooting to death of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines on board Enrica Lexie off kerala waters, the government must act immediately in this instance also, he said.

The affected fishermen were Indian nationals, having valid passports and have visa to work in Dubai, he said.

The Fraternity has asked its legal advisor at Qatar, Nizar Kochery, to look into the matter and do the needful.
Churchill also urged the government to take steps to bring the body of the deceased fisherman to his native Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu as early as possible.

First Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 19:18

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