Indian Navy Intercepts Suspicious Kuwaiti Boat With Tamil Nadu Fishermen

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: In a narrative reminiscent of a gripping movie blending elements of comedy and tragedy, Indian television channels buzzed with breaking news the night before last, headlining “Suspicious Kuwaiti Boat Breaches Indian Waters.” However, as dawn broke yesterday, the full story unfolded, spotlighting three individuals from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as the central figures. These individuals, fleeing Kuwait aboard a Kuwaiti fishing vessel, found themselves apprehended by the Indian Navy on charges of trespassing international boundaries and unlawfully entering India.

Unidentified Vessel Intrudes into Indian Waters near Gateway of India, Mumbai

Questions swirled regarding the audacity of navigating international waters aboard a fishing vessel. The “Indian Express” newspaper, in an article titled “Suspicious Boat Spotted Near Mumbai Coast from Kuwait, 3 Arrested,” detailed the sequence of events. A patrol boat from the “Yellow Gate” police station first sighted the vessel near the “Sasun” pier, where the trio were observed acting suspiciously along the city’s shoreline. Attempts to communicate with them were futile due to a language barrier, as the three individuals were unable to converse in Hindi or English, necessitating the intervention of the Indian Navy, which promptly arrived at the scene.

Identified by authorities as Vijay Vinod Anthony (29), Nedisu Ditto (31), and Sahaya Anthony Anish (29), all fishermen hailing from Tamil Nadu, the detainees recounted during interrogation their journey. They disclosed arriving in Kuwait two years before working for a Kuwaiti citizen who owned a fishing vessel. However, their employer failed to remunerate them for their labor over the two years and subjected them to mistreatment, prompting their decision to flee via boat and seek refuge in Mumbai. Further investigations revealed that the three Indian nationals lacked passports, claiming their documents were held by their employer in Kuwait.

Al Seyassah / Arab Times

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