2 fishermen hurt in Coast Guard firing along Kerala coast

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2015 23:31 IST

Two fishermen, hailing from Tamil Nadu, were injured on Monday when the Coast Guard fired on their fishing boat that refused to heed warning shots along the Vizinjam coast in Kerala.

The injured fishermen (Zubin 22 and Clinton 24) were admitted to Thiruvananthpuram medical college hospital. The boat named ‘Rishika’ was on its way back to Kollam after week-long fishing. According to initial reports fishermen, who were sleeping in their vessel, fail to heed the warning of Coast Guard personnel.

The Coast Guard is yet to make an official statement on the firing that took place around 4 in the evening.

“Nine employees were there in the boat. I was told that since they were sleeping they couldn’t hear the warning shots,” said the owner of the boat Jasmine Shah claiming that the vessel had all valid papers.

However sources in the Coast Guard said despite seven rounds of warning shots the vessel refused to stop and sped away that resulted in the firing. After firing along the Gujarat coast two weeks ago, the Navy and Coast Guard were on high alert.

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