Udupi, Feb 04, 2016: The fishermen from Malpe were allegedly assaulted and looted of cash and fish by miscreants in the deep seas off Rathnagiri Coast in Maharashtra recently.
Enraged over the incident, the fishermen had begun indefinite strike. MLA Pramod Madhwaraj had taken a delegation to chief minister to hold talks. The chief minister, in turn, had directed the senior police officers to solve the problem.
Deep Sea Fishermen Association’s former president Sathish Amin Padukere said that as per the fishing laws, fishermen can carry out fishing within 12 nautical miles. Unfortunately, when fishermen from Malpe were fishing near Maharashtra (within Karnataka territorial waters), some miscreants gained entry into the boat and assaulted the fishermen and robbed them of the valuables.
The police had failed to take action against the culprits even after filing complaints. On the other hand, the police in Malpe refused to receive complaints as the incident had taken place outside the jurisdiction of the police station"
Now, the police have promised to set up a 24-hour helpline and also to strengthen the beat system. The police have also agreed to file complaints in Malpe police station and take action if fishermen are assaulted and robbed in mid-sea. Hence, the fishermen have decided to end the protest. Even the chief minister promised to protest the interest of fishermen.
Recent Loss : Three incidents of assaul fishermen from Malpe near Maharashtra have been reported. In a complaint, boat owner Mahesh Karkera said a group of 40 persons seized the boat and assaulted the fishermen when the fishermen were fishing in his boat on December 12. He claimed that he lost Rs 9 lakh.
In another complaint, boat owners Janardhan Kadekar and Divya Sanjay said that they have lost Rs 10 lakh each to the sea pirates while fishing.