Thiruvananthapuram: Cutting across political
affiliations, various fishermen organisations in Kerala propose
launching a protest, starting Tuesday, demanding the immediate
arrest of the captain of the Italian vessel "Enrica Lexie", whose
security officials shot dead two Indian fishermen.
As the first step to express their strong resentment against "the
dastardly act", the activists would stage a protest here, and at
Kollam and Kochi Tuesday, said T. Peter, president of the Kerala
Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation, while addressing reporters
"At Kochi, it would be a novel protest when our members would
surround the Italian vessel, which is now berthed in the outer
sea," said Peter.
The Kerala police late Sunday night recorded the arrest of the two
security officials Latorre Massimillano and Salvatore Girone, and
the statements of the 24 members in the ship.
"The arrest of the captain of the ship is a must, and at no cost
should the ship be released. If there is any move to release the
vessel and the captain, we will not allow it. We also demand that
the authorities should see that adequate compensation be given to
the families of the two victims," added Peter.
Two fishermen, Ajesh Binki, 25, from Tamil Nadu and Gelastine, 45,
from Kerala, were mistaken as pirates and shot dead by the crew of
the Italian cargo vessel Wednesday evening, about 14 nautical
miles off Alappuzha.