Protest against Centre’s decision
All India secretary of the National Fishworkers Forum T. Peter has protested against the Central government’s submission before the Supreme Court on Monday that the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala waters in February 2012 will not be prosecuted under the provisions of SUA, which attracts death penalty.
In a statement, Mr. Peter alleged that the Central government move smacked of a conspiracy to enable the marines go scot free in the case.
By omitting the SUA provisions against the marines, the Central government had kowtowed before the Italian government, he said.
While Italy succeeded in influencing the European Union and the United Nations on the issue, the inability of the Indian government to exert any influence at the international level exposed the weakness of Indian administrators. Through the decision, the Central government had challenged the country’s fishing community, he said.
He said the repercussion of the decision would be felt at all fishing community areas during the coming Lok Sabha elections.
P.K. Gurudasan, MLA, said the Central government had betrayed the fishing community through the decision.
Mr. Gurudasan said his submission in the Assembly that the State should file a review petition when the Supreme Court gave the verdict that the Kerala Police had no jurisdiction over the case was ignored.
He said he made the submission on the grounds that the alleged killing had taken place in the continental shelf. He called upon the government to intervene in the matter.