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Row erupts as Italy ship crew kill fishermen

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi / Thiruvanthapuram, February 16, 2012
First Published: 15:03 IST(16/2/2012) | Last Updated: 01:33 IST(17/2/2012)

A diplomatic row flared up between India and Italy on Thursday as the external affairs ministry summoned the country’s envoy and lodged a protest against the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast by an Italian ship’s crew.

The fishing boat, with 11 on board, came under fire Wednesday night. Italy said its navy personnel on the cargo ship mistook the fishermen for pirates but fired warning shots first. But the Indian side maintained “there was no prior warning”.

The ministry said a case would be registered even as the Coast Guard and Kerala Police began questioning the crew.

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