Udupi, May 5, 2019: Pramod Madhwaraj, Congress leader and former Minister, said on Saturday that he would move the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the capsize of fishing boat Suvarna Tribhuja, and compensation for the families of the seven missing fishermen if the Navy does not pay the compensation.
Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Madhwaraj said that he believed that the fishing boat had sunk 33 km off the Malvan coast after being hit by the naval ship INS Kochi on December 15, 2018.
Hence, the Navy should pay the entire cost of the fishing boat and should also provide a minimum compensation of ₹25 lakh each to the families of the missing fishermen. The Navy should also take action against the crew of INS Kochi for failing to report the capsize of Suvarna Tribhuja. If these demands were not met, he would move the Supreme Court, he said.
He said he had already demanded a judicial probe by a retired Supreme Court judge.
He had been voicing his suspicion that the boat had been hit by the naval ship for the last few months.
Meanwhile, the Udupi district police have written to the naval base at Karwar seeking full details with regard to the tracing of the boat. A report from the naval officer was expected, a press release added.
Courtesy: The Hindu