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Fisherman "accidentally" shot by maritime security personnel

Mumbai: A fisherman was "accidentally" shot by maritime security personnel, on Sunday at Bombay High in Arabian Sea, while fishing close to oil rigs.

"On the evening of May 17, an Immediate Support Vessel (ISV) was on a coastal security patrol in the Offshore Development Area i.e. Bombay High, around 80 km from Mumbai. While providing protection to the offshore oil rig, ISV noticed a fishing boat anchored close to an oil platform," said Commander Rahul Sinha, spokesperson of Ministry of Defence, in a statement released during the wee hours of Monday.

According to him, he repeatedly warned the fisherman to move the boat out of the prohibited area.

When a warning shot was fired into the water, "one round got deflected on hitting the water and accidentally hit a fisherman in the boat."

The boat is said to be fishing close to one of the various oil rigs of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Immediately after the incident, the casualty was flown to Nanavati Hospital in Santacruz by ONGC. According to initial information, the casualty Sushant Luze's condition is stable and vital parameters being monitored.

An enquiry has been ordered into the incident.

But the episode has drawn criticism from fishing community. Damodar Tandel, Chairman of Akhil Maharashtra Macchimar Kruti Samiti said that there would be rallies opposing this act.

This is not the first time that fisherman has been fired upon near an oil rig. Back in March 31, 2008 15 fishermen had climbed an unmanned oil platform and one of the fisherman was shot while they were trying to fled from the Heera/ Neelam oilfields of ONGC.

According to a naval officer, it is quite often that fishermen go close to oil platforms in the sea and each time they are asked to sail away. "The lights from the oil rigs that fall in water attract good number of fishes. This results in fishing boats closing in to the oil fields for a good catch," said the officer.

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