Suspected foreign vessel fires on Indian fishermen

A suspected foreign vessel allegedly fired on Indian fishermen off the Orissa coast when they approached it and then sailed away towards Digha.

Updated: Oct 22, 2011, 19:11 PM IST

Balasore (Orissa): A suspected foreign vessel
allegedly fired on Indian fishermen off the Orissa coast on Saturday when they approached it and then sailed away towards Digha in
West Bengal, police said.

The vessel fired on the trawler following which the
fishermen informed the police who alerted the Coast Guard,
Balasore SP Rajesh Kumar said.
"A vessel has been spotted by fishermen in the Bay of
Bengal between Kasaphal in Orissa and Digha in West Bengal.
The Indian Coast Guard has located it and launched an
operation to intercept it," he said.

There were no reports of injuries to the fishermen.

The police are yet to confirm the fishermen`s claim that
the vessel flew a foreign flag.
Coast Guard helicopters have been pressed into service to
intercept the vessel.

PTI