Kerala fishermen murders: The saga through images [Photos]
Two fishermen, Ajesh Binki (25) and Jalastein (45) were killed on 15 February off Kollam coast near Kerala when two Italian marines on board the ship allegedly fired at their boat. A photos timeline of this incident which has spiralled into a diplomatic row.
The Italian merchant vessel Enrica Lexie is seen anchored at the Cochin Oil Terminal (COT) in Kochi. Two fishermen were killed when a navy security team on an Italian merchant vessel opened fire on a boat it mistook for pirates at sea off the coast of Kerala, officials said. Reuters
Police officials after meeting the Italian naval marines who were involved in killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast at Cochin Port. PTI
The farmly members of one of the fishermen who was killed during a firing from Italian marine ship Enrica Lexie, crying during his funeral ceremony at St Peters Church in Kollam. PTI
Members of the security crew of Italian cargo vessel, the Enrica Lexie Latorre Massimiliano, center left, and Salvatore Girone, center right, stand outside a government guest house where they were questioned by the Indian police officials for allegedly shooting two Indian fishermen to death in Kochi. AP
Indian policemen guard the government guest house where the two members of the security crew of Italian cargo vessel, the Enrica Lexie are kept in custody for allegedly shooting two Indian fishermen to death, in Kochi. AP
Italian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Staffan De Mistura, center, greets Indian policemen in plain clothes after meeting two Italian marines of Italian cargo vessel, the Enrica Lexie, who are kept in police custody for allegedly shooting two Indian fishermen to death, in Kochi. AP
Cardinal Alencherry got embroiled in this controversy when he was quotes as saying “I learned the story of the Catholic fishermen killed: it is very sad. I immediately contacted the Catholic ministers of Kerala urging the government not to act precipitately. In the episode, of course, there were errors, since the fishermen were mistaken for pirates. But the point is another: it seems that the opposition party wants to take advantage of the situation and exploit the case for electoral reasons, speaking of ‘Western powers’ or the ‘will of American dominance.