Murder case registered against armed guards of Italian ship

Coastal police on Thursday night registered a murder case against the armed guards of an Italian ship for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen in a firing incident on the high seas.

The case was registered for murder, based on evidence of bullet injuries found on the bodies of the dead fishermen during post-mortem, coastal police at Neendakara said.

However no particular person has been named in the case, registered by a Circle Inspector at Neendakara, police said.

Earlier in the day, Home Secretary R. K. Singh had said in Delhi that a case would be registered against the people responsible for the shooting and they would have to face law of the country.

Yesterday, two fishermen in a boat including its driver were shot dead when guards onboard the merchant vessel 'Enrica Lexie' fired at their boat carrying 11 fishermen off Kollam coast, suspecting the group to be a band of pirates.

The two fishermen, identified as Jalastin and Binki, had set off from Neendakara fishing harbour a couple of days back.

Meanwhile a Kochi report quoted city police Commissioner M R Ajith Kumar as saying that efforts are on to bring the Italian ship inside Kochi port limits. "We are trying to bring the ship within the port limit" he told PTI.

The vessel was on its way to Egypt from Singapore when the firing incident occurred. There are 25 crew and six security guards inside the ship.

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