|archmage||Date: Tuesday, 17-July-2012, 2:11 PM | Message # 1|
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|India Tuesday said it will initiate appropriate action in the killing of its fisherman by personnel on board a US naval vessel off Dubai Monday evening even as Washington conveyed its condolences over the death and ordered a probe. |
India is ascertaining facts into the shooting by personnel onboard USNS Rappahannock, a fuel re-supply ship, on a small motor vessel with the Indians near Jebel Ali port, an external affairs ministry spokesperson said here.
The incident also left three other Indians injured.
"We will stay in regular touch with US and UAE authorities to ascertain full facts and take appropriate further action in the matter," the spokesperson said.
The Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi too is working with local authorities to carry out "full investigation" into the circumstances leading to this "unfortunate and tragic" incident, he said.
India has also asked its acting consul general in Jebel Ali to provide all necessary assistance.
The US ship opened fire Monday evening on a fishing boat as the latter "ignored the warnings and came too close", Xinhua quoted sources as saying.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that the Indian embassy in the US is in touch with US agencies "regarding the incident in Gulf and is assured of full investigation into tragic incident".
He also tweeted that India's Acting Consul General in Dubai has rushed to Jebel Ali port "to provide necessary assistance to Indian nationals involved in Gulf incident" and that India's ambassador in Abu Dhabi has requested the UAE authorities to probe the incident.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also probing the incident. Tariq Ahmed Al Haidan, the assistant to the UAE foreign minister for political affairs, said: "The concerned UAE authorities are investigating the shooting incident."
India is already prosecuting two Italian marines in a Kochi court for killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea in February.
Full article/source - http://www.deccanherald.com/content....an.html
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