Fishermen robbed, assaulted at sea

Updated: 07 December, 2015 12:23 IST | Saurabh Vaktania |

Around 15 men who arrived in smaller boats attacked the fishermen and looted their equipment

A 39-year-old fisherman has filed a complaint against unidentified people who allegedly assaulted and looted him and his colleagues about 17 nautical miles from Mumbai. The cops suspect that it may be due to a fight over territory among fishermen. The accused took GPS locators, a wireless system, mobile phones and cash.

The Yellow Gate police have lodged the complaint against unidentified people on Saturday night and are investigating the matter. The incident took place early Saturday morning. The complainant is Amar Ramsahay, a fisherman from Madh Island area.

According to police officials, Ramsahay along with five others, had left for fishing on his boat, Masiha. A police officer said, “They were in the Arabian Sea about 17 nautical miles from the city near the Uttan waters. They were to start fishing, and were readying their nets and other equipment.”

The cops said another fishing boat arrived at the spot and asked the fishermen not to fish there. Around four people from the boat got onto Ramsahay’s boat Masiha. The police said they threatened them and asked them to leave the place. Few minutes later over 10 more people in two other boats reached and started assaulting the fishermen and Ramsahay.

They even had heavy stones and pelted them at the fishermen. The boat Masiha was damaged in the incident. The accused took away the GPS locator, wireless system, five mobile phones and around Rs 60,000.

A fisherman had earlier told mid-day that due to modern fishing methods with motorboats and advanced equipment used by some, fishermen who use traditional methods don’t find fish near Mumbai, so they have to go into other waters.

The boats that the men arrived in have been identified by their names, Rajput, Tandel and Vorkarnimata. A police officer said, “Based on the complaint, the incident took place 17 nautical miles mid sea. On initial probe it looks like a territorial fight between fishermen.”

First Published: 07 December, 2015 12:20 IST

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