Bangladeshi vessel fires on fishermen, captured

Balasore: A Bangladeshi vessel allegedly fired on fishermen off the Balasore coast today when they approached it and then tried to sail away towards Digha in West Bengal, police said.

The vessel fired on the trawler following which the fishermen informed the police who alerted the Coast Guard, Balasore SP Rajesh Kumar said. "A vessel had been spotted by fishermen in the Bay of Bengal between Kasaphal in Orissa and Digha in West Bengal. The Indian Coast Guard personnel located it and launched an operation to intercept it," he said.

There were no reports of injuries to the fishermen.Coast Guard helicopters were immediately pressed into service to intercept the vessel. The Bangladeshi boat with 16 persons on board was captured jointly by the Coast guard and marine police personnel.

The intrusion, it is important to note, has taken place just one day after the high level committee meeting on coastal security headed by the home secretary, The meeting was attened by higher-ups from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and state marine police.