Families of two missing fisherman to boycott polls

The fishing boat which went missing off the Goa coast on December 15, 2018.

The fishing boat which went missing off the Goa coast on December 15, 2018.  


The boat with seven fishermen went missing off Goa coast

The family members of two missing fisherman have decided to boycott voting in the parliamentary elections here.

The fishing boat, Suvarna Tribhuja, from Malpe with seven fishermen, two from Udupi and five from Uttara Kannada district onboard, went missing off Goa coast on December 15, 2018.

A missing complaint was registered at the Malpe Police Station on December 22, 2018.

The missing fishermen are: Chandrashekhar Kotian (40), owner and captain of the boat, Damodar Salian (40), both from Udupi, Laxman (45), Sathisha (35), Harish (28), Ramesh (30) from Kumta and Ravi (27) from Manki.

Even after three months, efforts to trace them have yielded no results, leaving the two families of fishermen here distraught.

Madhava Salian, brother of Damodar Salian, told The Hindu on Wednesday that his family members were still in pain at the fishermen not being traced.

“Both the Union and State governments have failed in tracing the fishermen. We are sad. My family members and I will not vote in the parliamentary elections,” he said.

A delegation from the Malpe Fishermen’s Association had met Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month on this issue.

“She had assured them of visiting Malpe in the first week of March. But that has still not happened. District in-charge Minister Jaimala too has not been of much help in this regard. Politicians are least interested in this matter,” he said.

“We still hope my elder brother, Damodar, will return. My father, Suvarna Thingalaya, sometimes gets depressed while remembering Damodar,” Mr. Salian said.

Meanwhile, Nityananda Kotian, brother of Chandrashekhar Kotian, said that the elected representatives had only given assurances on finding the missing fishermen but not taken any concrete steps.

Both the Union and State government had neglected the issue, he said.

“My family members and I have decided that we will boycott voting in the parliamentary elections. My family members are still hoping and waiting for my missing brother to come home,” he said.

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