Fisherman killed in firing: India registers case against 10 Pakistan maritime personnel

Police in Gujarat have registered an FIR against 10 personnel of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) after they allegedly fired at an Indian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast, killing a crew member and injuring another, Indian Express has reported.

The FIR was registered on Sunday night at Navi Bandar police station in Porbandar district, under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed), and relevant provisions of the Arms Act, the report quoted an official saying.

As per the FIR, ten unidentified PMSA personnel, five each onboard two boats, are accused of opening fire at the Indian fishing boat ‘Jalpari’ at around 4 pm Saturday, killing one Sridhar Chamre (32), a fisherman from Palghar district in Maharashtra. Another fisherman, named Dilip Solanki (34), who hailed from Diu, was injured in the firing. He is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Okha coastal town of Devbhumi Dwarka district in Gujarat. There were seven crew members on the fishing boat.

“We have taken serious note of this incident. We are going to take up this issue diplomatically with the Pakistan side,” a government source said in New Delhi on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Manish Lodhari, a fisherman leader in Porbandar said the PMSA allegedly apprehended six fishermen on board another fishing boat, Shree Padmani, and also seized the boat. Sources said both Shree Padmani and Jal Pari were part of the same group of fishing trawlers that were operating off Gujarat’s Jakhau coast.

Last year in February, there was a spurt in the number of fishermen getting caught by Pakistan in the high seas. The Gujarat government had then told the state legislature that PMSA had seized 11 fishing boats and 63 crew (fishermen) in four different incidents between February 13 and 18 last year. Twenty-three of these fishermen were caught by Pakistan on a single day — February 13, 2020.

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