DOHA: Three Gulf-based Indian fishermen have died while on expeditions in the Gulf waters in a little over a year, says an official from an India-based fishermen’s welfare organisation.
They were killed by pirates, says P Justin Antony, Founder-President, Tamil Nadu Fisherman Development Trust (TN-FIDET), a UN-recognised voluntary body.
Thomas Cletus was killed in May 2014 while fishing in Bahrain, and this May Mathivalan was put to death when he was fishing in Saudi Arabia.
And this month Antony Arul Anish was shot dead while he was on an expedition in Gulf waters.
In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is Kanya Kumari at the southern-most tip of the Indian peninsula, which sends the largest number of fishermen to the Gulf.
According to Antony who is based in Kanya Kumari, there are an estimated 50,000 fishermen from the region engaged in fishing in the Gulf. Of them, some 1,000 to 3,000 are believed to be based in Qatar.
Antony told this newspaper on phone yesterday that TN-FIDET has urged the United Nations to help stop pirate attacks on fishermen by setting up a maritime force in the Gulf waters.
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