maharashtra: Maha fisherman killed in firing by Pakistan maritime security personnel off Gujarat coast: Police

DEVBHUMI: A 32-year-old fisherman from Maharashtra was killed and another was injured after Pakistan Marine Security Agency (PMSA) troops allegedly fired at a fishing boat off the Okha Coast in Porbandar, Gujarat, officials said on Sunday.
“India has taken serious note of the incident,” PTI reported, quoting official sources. “We are going to take up this issue diplomatically with the Pakistan side.

The matter is under investigation and further details will be shared in due course,” said the source.
The injured fisherman is being treated at a hospital in Okha, Gujarat.
The incident occurred around 4 pm on Saturday. “A fisherman from Thane in Maharashtra, who was on a fishing boat called ‘Jalpari,’ was killed after the PMSA personnel opened fire on him and other crew members on Saturday evening,” Devbhumi Dwarka Superintendent of Police Sunil Joshi said.
There were seven crew members on the boat and one of them also sustained a minor injury in the firing incident, he said.
The body of the deceased fisherman, Sridhar Ramesh Chamre (32), was brought to Okha port on Sunday and an FIR has been registered by the Porbandar Navi Bandar police, which has jurisdiction across Gujarat over any incident that occurs beyond 12 nautical miles in the Arabian sea, he added.
“Chamre was on the fishing boat ‘Jalpari’, which had sailed from Okha on October 25 with seven crew members, five of whom from are Gujarat and two from Maharashtra,” Joshi said.
Investigation into the incident are under way, he said.
The fishing boat was registered at Veraval in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, he said.
Jayantibhai Rathod, the owner of the fishing boat, said Chamre was in the cabin of the boat when he was hit by bullets. “Three bullets hit him in the chest, following which he died.

The captain of the boat was also injured in the indiscriminate firing by the Pakistani personnel,” Rathod told media persons.
Chamre’s body is likely to reach his native Vadrai village in a couple of days.
(With inputs from agencies)

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