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Updated: February 25, 2012 17:26 IST

Fishermen killing case top priority for govt.: Chandy

M. P. Praveen
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A file photo of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Photo: S. Mahinsha
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A file photo of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Photo: S. Mahinsha

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that conducting the criminal case related to the killing of two fishermen by the Italian marines in a foolproof manner is the most important consideration before the State government right now.

He said that the Cabinet meeting that announced a relief of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of the victims the day after their killing had also decided that the State government will take up the legal responsibility of fetching eligible compensation to both the families.

“But as of now the most important issue before the government is to ensure that the criminal case (on the shooting incident) is conducted in the best manner possible. Yes, the government is also determined to ensure that the Italian vessel pay compensation to the families at the appropriate time,” Mr. Chandy said.

He was talking at a meet-the-press organised by the Press Club in Kochi on Saturday.

Mr. Chandy said that the apprehensions raised by the media soon after the firing incident that the culprits and the vessel involved will go scot-free have proved baseless. He admitted to a slip of the tongue during a media interaction when he declared under pressure that the Italian accused will be arrested in a day or two. “I should not have said that then. Now, the Italian media has made that statement a big issue,” he said.

During the discussions with the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura, the State government remained steadfast in its position that those who shot dead two innocent fishermen of this country should surrender themselves to the law of the land. The State government’s stand has the complete support of the Centre as well. The law will take its course, Mr. Chandy said.

Tamil Nadu authorities have been told that the State government will definitely pay the compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the fisherman hailing from that State. Besides they were also assured that the State government will also fight for both the victims in securing compensation to their families, he said.

Asked about not giving job to the victim from Tamil Nadu, Mr. Chandy said that his family hadn’t asked for job. Besides, he was also not sure as to whether it was possible to give a government job here to a person hailing from another State.  

He said that the State government’s compensation of Rs. 5 lakh will reach the kin of the victim from Tamil Nadu after completion of due formalities. The amount will be handed over to the government of that State and it is for them to give it to the rightful claimants after verification, Mr. Chandy said.

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No doubt, no body can pardon the murder. The Centre and State governments have been handling this issue of International bearing in a foolproof way, perhaps better than any other similar case India has ever dealt with. While the Central government eagerly tries to establish that the leadership of Mrs.Sonia Gandhi is not swaying to the tune of Italy, Kerala CM with the wholehearted assistance of Defense Minister wants to establish that it takes no chance in handling the case and gives no room for criticism in the wake of Piravam election. Our judiciary, as usual takes extra care to give a very fair deal. Everything is fine. Itally categorically said that it was not deliberate. The need of the hour is to get the compensation amount remitted and release the ship at the earliest hour possible. India has established in unequivocal terms that the nation is not susceptible to any foreign pressure. True. Still there need to be a break even point and it seems, that point has already crossed and every minute delayed will deepen the shadow of bilateral relations deeper and darker. Needless to say that for a nation the International image equally counts to its domestic image, if not just above domestic.

from:  Bose A Panicker
Posted on: Feb 28, 2012 at 19:00 IST

This is a question of crime, trial and punishment. Parties involved are the victims, offenders, their lawyers, investigating agencies and the court of law. How come politicians conducting the talks? This is because the world knows 'anything is possible' in India. In the very famous (or infamous?) Bofors case, the accused Quatrochi was let to leave the country thanks to our high profile leaders and CBI. When compared to Bofors issues, what is this simple 'fishermen's case? It is just a matter of time and money. Nothing to do with law or justice. This is India.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Feb 28, 2012 at 18:05 IST

Apparently, the govt appears putting efforts just to get compensation to the bereaved families at the movement rather than taking a stringent action against the marines as per the law of the land which is not suffice.The govt must ensure that besides payment of sufficient compensation to the bereaved families a thorough probe into the matter be taken up to its logical conclusions by not succumbing to any diplomatic pressures.

from:  Anthony
Posted on: Feb 27, 2012 at 00:39 IST

What crude rudeness!! just because congress isnt a great power here.
Hence you guys dont even want to find out who are the ones attacking the
people who are fishing in Palk Strait?.... Where are those great men who
enshrined the constitution for a integral india... and vouched for
Unity... Where are those great men.....

from:  Prajeeth
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 20:21 IST

Well, i want to know what will be done to the italians who shot our men because nothing is stated about that but just an apology for slipped tongue! whats wrong!? Is it only fighting for blood money from them or fight for justice or both?

from:  nilu
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 20:07 IST
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