The Indian consulate in Dubai has begun a probe into the killing of an Indian fisherman off the UAE (United Arab Emirates) coast.
According to reports, Foreign Minister SM Krishna has asked the UAE government to register a case against the US Navy personnel involved in the incident which killed one fisherman and seriously injured three others. Krishna has also asked for details of the firing incident and has directed Indian officials in the UAE to look into the matter with utmost urgency.
The US Navy supply ship opened fire Monday evening on a fishing boat near the mouth of Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, WAM news agency quoted a UAE foreign ministry official as saying.
Tariq Ahmed Al Haidan, assistant to UAE foreign minister for political affairs, said an Indian fisherman was killed and three Indians were seriously injured.
"The UAE concerned authorities are investigating the shooting incident," he added.
UAE is probing a shooting incident by a US ship that left an Indian fisherman dead and three Indians seriously injured, an official said.
Meanwhile, the US has released a statement on the tragic incident saying that it had issued several warnings to the boat carrying the Indians before firing at them.
"The USNS Rappahannock, a fuel re-supply ship, fired upon the small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the US ship near Jebel Ali", according to a statement of the US navy's Bahrain-based fifth fleet.
"Sailors on the USNS Rappahannock used a series of non-lethal, pre-planned responses to warn the vessel's operators to turn away from their "deliberate" approach before resorting to lethal force", the statement said.
Jebel Ali port, the largest port in the Middle East, is frequently visited by the ships of the US navy as a rest port for sailors.
With inputs from IANS
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Updated Date: Jul 17, 2012 11:44:21 IST