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A man lays wreaths next to the bodies of two Indian fishermen in Kochi on February 16 after navy guards on board an Italian oil tanker shot them dead, mistaking them for pirates.

Vice-Admiral K.N. Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command and Commander-in-Chief (Coastal Defence) of the Southern Zone, told The Hindu: “If they thought they were being chased by a pirate vessel, they should have carried out evasive manoeuvres to alter the course of the ship, as enunciated by the guidelines. If the skiff was still after them, they would’ve fired fire a few warning shots well above the bow of the pirate vessel to deter it. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have done any of this,” said the Vice-Admiral. “The Italians are claiming that this was a successful anti-piracy operation, but it is crystal clear that the fishermen were unarmed and were not attempting to come alongside the tanker to board it. As the tanker crew claims to have been fired upon, I sent [fast attack craft] INS Kabra to ascertain if there were bullet marks on it. It went around the ship to find that there was none.

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In-Depth Infos:

The Indu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2900883.ece

Indian Military: http://www.indian-military.org/news-archives/57-others/1964-fishermen-killing-two-italian-naval-guards-taken-into-custody.html

M.I.A.:

http://www.miauk.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.I.A._%28artist%29

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