Coastguard on Monday fired at an Indian fishing boat off Vizhinjam coast injuring two fishermen. The injured fishermen, reportedly hailing from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district, were admitted to medical college hospital here.
According to Coast Guard sources, the surveillance along the coast has been stepped up following the recent terror threat. During the routine surveillance, Coast guard boat noticed a speeding fishing boat off Neendakara coast. Although the boat was asked to stop for examination, the boat sped past. Subsequently, the coast guard fired at the boat.
Sources said they had maintained the mandatory steps before making a firing. Through loudspeaker, they were asked to stop the boat, which was not stopped even after warning shots in the air. “After they spotted the Coastguard vessel, the fishermen increased the speed of the boat, which created more doubt about them,’’ sources said.
One of the injured fishermen Clinton told the media there were nine fishermen. Two of them, students, did not have identity cards. Hence, they were reluctant to stop the boat.
Coastguard sources said the boat was on its way from Kanyakumari to Kollam in Kerala. Many of them did not have valid identity proof which seems to have forced them not to comply with our directive, sources said.
The boat was brought to Vizhijam coastal police station, where the police are interrogating the fishermen.