PORT BLAIR: In a desperate attempt to escape from Andaman Forest, as many as 17 Myanmarese poachers attacked villagers of Little Andaman Islands and escaped with their engine dinghy.
As per details, these Myanmarese poachers were desperately looking for an escape route since more than one month, after police captured their machine dinghies, and arrested nearly eight of them recently from deep jungles of Little Andaman Islands, during a combing operation.
The combing operation was still on when these poachers suddenly showed up at Pather Nallah area of Little Andaman Island and attacked five fishermen.Sources said that these five fishermen were part of a 13 member fishermen team, while rest of the fishermen were away for fishing these five fishermen, stayed back with their dinghies.
The fishing team reportedly had three dinghies, out of which two were oar dinghies and one was engine dinghy. As per fishermen, while these 17 poachers escaped with engine dinghy they left two oar dinghies in deep sea so that these fishermen can't follow them.
Later, when colleagues of these fishermen returned they found their friends tied with ropes and injured. The matter was immediately informed to police after which the injured were shifted to hospital.
Three fishermen, whose condition is said to be critical, were referred to Port Blair's G B Pant Hospital.
As per police sources, the police department had already warned all the Panchayats of Little Andaman about possibility of having poachers in forest area and asked people to remain alert.
It is learnt that police and coast guard have already launched an operation to track these poachers.