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Fisherman dies in firing, Coast Guard orders inquiry

Press Trust of India  |  Paradip (Odisha) 

A driver was allegedly gunned down by personnel in sea off the coast, officials said Saturday.

The incident took place on Friday night when the deceased fisherman, identified as Mayadhar Mallick of Naranapur village under limits in district, was driving the near Gahirmatha.

The said it has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

In a statement, the said ICG ships during patrol off Gahirmatha coast sighted a suspicious vessel. On seeing them, the tried to flee but when the ICG ships tried to stop the boat, it made "evasive manoeuvres" and also rammed the ICG ships.

The ICG ships resorted to fire warning shots to stop the fishing boat. After boarding the suspect boat, Coast Guard personnel noticed that one person was injured. He was immediately brought to harbour by ICG ship and shifted to Port Hospital, where he was declared dead, it said.

Coast Guard DIG, Paradip, said: "The Coast Guard personnel opened fire suspecting that there could be some anti-national elements. The trawler had to be stopped anyway."

Meanwhile, in a memorandum to the district magistrate-cum-collector of district, the Trawler Operators Association demanded stringent action against the personnel responsible for the killing of Mallick.

"We also strongly demand that innocent fishermen should not be treated like terrorists," the association said in the memorandum.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 21:20 IST
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