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Odisha: Fisherman ‘Shot Dead’ In Paradip Sea, 8 Held & Boat Seized, Coast Guard Orders Inquiry


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12 January 2019

Binay Kumar Ray


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Paradip: A fisherman was allegedly shot dead by Coast Guard officials while the vessel carrying 9 fishermen was moving in a suspicious manner in the restricted Gahirmatha area of Paradip Sea late last night.

According to reports, the deceased has been identified as Mayadhar Mallick of Naranpur village under Simulia police limits in Balasore district. He was the driver of a fishing boat.

Mallick’s body was recovered by the Coast Guard patrol team last night. Reports stated that, the boat named ‘Kanungo-1’ with 9 fishermen on-board was present in the restricted Gahirmatha area of Paradip Sea at around 9:20 pm.

DIG Coast Guard Rakesh Makwana said, “Last night around 9:20 pm, our two Coast Guard vessels were on patrolling duty along the Odisha Coast when they detected a suspicious vessel. There was no light in it. It was commanded to stop but it didn’t. Rather, it started to speeding away. We warned the vessel several times to stop even through loudspeakers. We also warned it through search light signals. We even shouted, but it went on fleeing. During this period, the vessel exhibited evasive maneuvers. Finally, it dashed against two of our patrol boats and those boats have sustained severe damage.”

“Ultimately, we fired warning shots inside the water and on the air. Finally, the vessel stopped and when we boarded onto it, we found one person injured in it. We immediately shifted him to Paradip Port Trust (PPT) Hospital by our boat. He was declared dead by the hospital authorities,” he informed.

He further stated, “When any suspicious vessel is asked to stop, it should do that. Instead of doing that, if it flees in the dark then suspicion arises apprehending anti-national elements in the boat. The responsibility of security of the coast depends and we have to do it. The boat should have stopped and undergone identification. Then, this mishap would not have occurred. A detailed board of enquiry has been ordered into the incident and action will be taken accordingly.”

Meanwhile, family members of the deceased have alleged that Mallick was killed in Coast Guard firing.

The Coast Guard officials have detained eight other fishermen and have seized the boat following the incident. The detained persons were handed over to the Rajnagar forest division and were forwarded to court today.

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Kedar Mallick, Brother of Deceased

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Sister Of Deceased

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Rakesh Makwana, DIG, Coast Guard