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Italy asks its nationals in India to remain cautious

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File photo shows students protest against the killing of Indian fishermen in Kochi. On Saturday, Italy has issued an advisory advising their citizens to be cautious in India, especially in Kerala.
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File photo shows students protest against the killing of Indian fishermen in Kochi. On Saturday, Italy has issued an advisory advising their citizens to be cautious in India, especially in Kerala.

Apprehending backlash after it refused to send back two marines, facing trial here for killing two Indian fishermen in Kerala, Italy has advised its citizens to be “vigilant and cautious”, especially in that state.

In an advisory, issued two days after it formally told India about its decision not to send back the two marines facing homicide charges, Italy also asked its nationals to stay away from any crowd.

“In connection with any protests, especially in the state of Kerala, related to each of the two sailors, it is recommended to compatriots in maintaining an attitude always vigilant and cautious and stay away from any crowds,” the Italian embassy advisory said.

Clearly not happy with Italians reneging on their commitment to send back its two marines, who were allowed by the Supreme Court on February 22 to go to Italy for four weeks for voting in election, the apex court has restrained Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving Indian without its permission. Mancini had given an assurance to send them back before the end of their four week deadline.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir had also issued notice to the Ambassador and two marines, Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, to respond by Monday after Attorney General G E Vahanvati brought the issue before it, saying that “it’s a breach of undertaking given to the highest court of the land and the government is extremely concerned about it”.

Meanwhile, India is in the process of downgrading its diplomatic ties and decided not to post the Ambassador-designate to Rome who was to assume the charge by next week.

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Dear Editor,

Kindly make options available to either report/flag/vote down the
comments posted in your site.Some comments here are posted by people
without proper knowledge or with malicious intent. Comments should
1)It has been comprehensively established that the fishermen did not
fish in a "primitive" or "Swadeshi" way(the way they flouted the
international maritime norms are widely accepted)the only point
contended is weather or not it happened in India's territorial waters
- and hence the India's right to jurisdiction over the case is being

2)The comment which suggest that Indian lives are being lost in
"foeticides" anyway, so India must not strongly pursue justice should
not find a place here. Comments such as there reflect the lack of
value for lives and need to be voted down by readers who feel

from:  Narender
Posted on: Mar 17, 2013 at 00:18 IST

Whats the most that could happen anyway? sanction on trade with italy means
sanction on trade with EU. Will India could really afford that? the scenes in india
completely contradicts the aspiration of general indians who in italy waiting to get
residence at all costs. So much double standards. get a life. the incident took place in
international waters. Every day hundreds of indians get killed either through foeticide
or through murdering or raping, nothing s being done over that.

from:  jez
Posted on: Mar 16, 2013 at 18:51 IST

Fail to understand whats the point of getting the two Italian back to India and make them live in a enclosed house with all amenities of a rich man .The two lived a luxurious life in India .But for every one its home sweet home.If the Italians take up the matter in International court as they say they will they will easily win the case,as its understood safety of the ship comes first and if any unidentified object in sea be it two fisherman catching fish in most primitive way used 100 years back in Europe but still prevalent in Asia because here people relish to stay poor and country encourages its population to stay poor in most swadeshi way.

from:  Subash Das
Posted on: Mar 16, 2013 at 18:02 IST

Italian ambasder should be given a chance to explain his position and fulfilling his commitment. Based on his response SC should take appropriate decision, which might be as tough as arresting him.

from:  Chandramani
Posted on: Mar 16, 2013 at 17:59 IST
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