Tension Grips Seaside Fishing Villages
By Express News Service | Published: 14th January 2014 11:15 AM |
Tension gripped the seaside villages of Kendrapara after the body of the fisherman, who was killed by forest guards on Sunday, was brought to Sailendranagar village under Rajnagar police limits on Monday.
The fisherman, Akbar Ali Khan (21), was gunned down by armed forest guards in the deep sea, about five nautical miles from Talachua coast, within Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in the district.
Nashir Ali Khan, one of the crew of the trawler, said, “We were returning from the sea after fishing beyond the marine sanctuary areas when the forest guards apprehended us and opened fire, killing Akbar Ali.”
On Monday, fishermen staged a demonstration in front of the forest office in Jamboo panchayat demanding stern action against forest guards who killed Khan.
Kendrapara SP Rabi Narayan Behera said police seized the body and sent it to the village after autopsy. Further investigation was on.
Gayadhar Dhal, vice-president of district fishermen’s association, said forest guards have killed an innocent fisherman and therefore the bereaved family should be given a compensation of ` 10 lakh.
“Security forces have been deployed at the divisional forest office in Rajnagar and other forest offices to avert untoward situation,” said the SP.
Meanwhile, Jamboo marine police have received two FIRs. One was filed by the driver of the trawler against forest guards who gunned down Khan, while the other was filed by Manas Das, forester of Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, stating that around 50 fishermen of 12 trawlers attacked them in deep sea and sank one of their patrol boats. Security forces were forced to open fire to save themselves, stated Das in the FIR.