Two fishermen shot dead by guards
Thiruvananthapuram: Taking a strong stand on two Indian fishermen being shot at and killed by the security personnel of Italian ship Enrica Lexie on Wednesday night, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday summoned Italian Ambassador Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte and registered a strong protest.
Ministry of External Affairs officials said that tell 11 fishermen were on the boat, when the Italian ship came close to them. While nine of those on board were sleeping, two were awake. These two fishermen – Ajesh Binki (25) and Jalastein (45) – were killed when the guards of Enrica Lexie opened fire off the coast of Kerala on Wednesday night.
The Directorate General of Shipping said that the Italian ship was carrying six armed guards and an enquiry has been ordered into the tragic incident.
“It has been reported to this Directorate that the Italian flagged MV Enrica Lexie, resorted to firing on an Indian fishing vessel in position 09 20N 075 52E (heading 345 speed 14 kts) at 1700 Hrs on 15th February 2012. The vessel MV Enrica Lexie is carrying six Italian armed guards. The firing has reportedly resulted in the death of two Indian fishermen. The vessel was bound from Singapore to Egypt with a crew of 19 Indians. The Coast Guard intercepted the vessel and escorted her to Kochi for investigation. The vessel has anchored at Kochi on 15th February 2012 at 2300hrs (IST). The Principal Officer, MMD Kochi has been directed to conduct the preliminary inquiry into this incident resulting in the loss of life of two innocent Indian fishermen,” the Directorate said in a press release.
Story courtesy of IBN Live.