After attack on fishermen, villagers slam agencies for failure to protect citizens in LA

Hut Bay
13 Jul 2018

Three days after brutal assault on fishermen, villagers from different hamlets in Little Andaman staged a massive protest blaming the agencies for failing to protect common citizens in the region. Villagers along with PRI members assembled near the Tehsildar office here on Friday and shouted slogans against maritime agencies like Navy, Coast Guard, Police and the civil administration for its failure in nabbing the Myanmarese poachers who grievously injured three fishermen in Pather Nallah area of Little Andaman last Tuesday.
“Presence of foreign intruders was detected last month when a joint team of the Indian Reserve Battalion and Police apprehended at least three Burmese nationals from Little Andaman. An anti-poaching operation was launched after the Police spotted three Burmese dingy anchored off the shore at Little Andaman. Later, five more Burmese poachers were apprehended from the thick forests of Little Andaman by the security. However, it was suspected that the number of Myanmarese poachers would be more and a massive combing operation was launched. But still the foreign intruders managed to flee from Little Andaman. Six poor fishermen were attacked by the intruders of which three sustained serious injuries before escaping with their dingies. It’s total failure on the part of the security agencies,” said some villagers demanding intensified surveillance to prevent such incidents in future. 
Last Tuesday, a group of at least 17 to 20 Myanmarese, armed with baton and knifes, attacked fishermen of VK Pur, Little Andaman, who confronted them near the creeks of Dhani Nallah on Tuesday. The poachers severely assaulted the fishermen and then fled with their engine dinghy, fuel, ration articles and others item stocked in the craft. The poachers group has been evading arrest by maritime agencies after their boat was seized from Junction Tekry area in anti–poaching operation last month. While 6 to 8 fishers managed to flee from the spot, the poachers delimited six of them and were beaten up by local weapons. The foreign poachers then fled the place with the fishermen’s boat, two other dinghies, fuel and other articles. Three fishers, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, were evacuated to GB Pant Hospital by a special chopper. (EOIC)