Post 26/11 Kuber fishermen's family struggle for survival

Updated on May 26, 2009 11:24 PM IST

The family members of the missing fishermen of the ill-fated Kuber boat, allegedly used by LeT terrorists to reach Mumbai shores from Pakistan, find it difficult to survive due to non availability of financial assistance even after six months of the 26/11 attack.

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PTI | By, Vadodara

The family members of the missing fishermen of the ill-fated Kuber boat, allegedly used by LeT terrorists to reach Mumbai shores from Pakistan, find it difficult to survive due to non availability of financial assistance even after six months of the 26/11 attack today.

Three of the four fishing members -- - Balwant Rathod, Mukesh Rathod and Nathubhai Nanbhai -- are from Navsari district and remaining one, Ramesh Naga, from Junagadh district of the state.

Dharmisthaben Rathod, wife of one of the victim, asked "Why is the government not coming forward to help us?"

Shantiben Rathod, mother of Mukesh Rathod, complained that till date no authority has approached her to find out as to how they survive.

Balwant Patel, sarpanch of Borsi village of Navsari, said no help is provided to the family members of the missing fishermen and they feel that they have been left at the mercy of god.

If the Maharashtra government is showing the gesture of paying compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of Amarsinh Solanki, who was found dead on the boat, then why no such assistance is being offered to Kin of other four missing fishermen? asked Veljibhai Masani, President of Indian Fishermen Association.

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