Conflicting accounts have surfaced after the shooting of a boat by a US Navy ship’s security team near Jebel Ali port on Monday leading to the death of an Indian fisherman and injury of another three.
Even as the Pentagon defended the US Navy ship that killed one Indian fishermen and injured three others, saying that they ignored warnings, Indian fishermen denied any such warnings by the US navy ship and said they were shot at without any provocation.
Pentagon spokesperson George Little said warnings were given to the fishermen to back off, but they did not pay heed. “We certainly regret the loss of life. There were in fact warning measures based on what we know now. This is under investigation and we will know full facts one the investigation is complete,” said Mr Little.
Muthu Muniraj, who received bullet injuries to his legs, said the boat was returning to the shore after an engine had broken down.
“We thought it was a cargo ship, but it turned out to be a navy ship. We were surrounded by them and then they started shooting randomly at us. The ship’s crew must have fired at least 200-300 shots and Sekar died in the firing,” said Murugan
“Usually, we return late in the evening, but decided to head to shore early because one of the engines had stopped working. We did not receive any warning. If they had signalled to us, we would have waited for them to pass. But there was no siren or alarm,” he said from his bed in Rashid Hospital.....
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