Coast Guard orders inquiry into fisherman’s death

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Bhubaneswar: The Indian Coast Guard on Saturday ordered a Board of Inquiry into the death of a fisherman due to alleged firing by personnel.

Mayadhar Mallik of Naranpur area under Simulia police limits in Balasore district was found with bullet injuries in a fishing boat named MAA Kanan. He was declared dead at Paradip Port hospital.

The Indian Coast Guard has clarified that the MAA Kanan boat was moving suspiciously on Friday night.

“ICG Ships during patrol off Gahirmatha coast sighted one suspicious vessel in darkened condition at around 9.45 pm on Friday. The boat tried to flee after spotting the ICG ships,” a statement read.

“The ICG ships tried to stop the boat by using loud hailers, searchlight and VHF. However, the boat did not stop and in order to escape, carried out evasive manoeuvres and during the process also caused damage to the ICG ships,” the statement added.

It further stated that the ICG ships had to resort to fire warning shots in the air and across the bows to stop the fishing boat. After managing to stop the suspect boat MAA, Mallik was found to be injured with bullet injury.

He was immediately brought to harbour by ICG ship and shifted to Paradip Port hospital, where he was declared dead.

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