Bhubaneswar: A Bangladeshi ship along with its 16 crew members, was captured on Saturday by the Indian Coast Guard and Orissa Coastal Police personnel from Balaramgadi area of Bay of Bengal coast, nearly 350 km from here. The boat was flaunting a Bangladeshi flag and its crews were in uniform.

According to Balasore district SP Mr. Rajesh Kumar, some local fishermen spotted the Bangladeshi boat near Balaramagadi fishing zone and tried to confront the sailors in the foreign ship for trespassing into Indian waters.

“Apprehending trouble ahead, the crew members of the Bangladeshi boat tried to escape by firing at the Indian fishermen. The local sailors then retreated to the shore and informed the Coastal police about the trespassing.Following this a joint team of Indian Coast Guard and Orissa Coastal Police chased the boat. When a police party tried to intercept the vessel its crew fired at them and attempted to sail towards Bangladesh. The Coast Guard stepped in and managed to intercept the boat near Haldia in West Bengal”, said SP Mr. Kumar.

Reports said the boat and its crew members have been brought to the coast guard base at Paradip in coastal Jagatsinghpur district for interrogation of the Bangladeshi sailors. There were no reports of injuries to the local fishermen and the crew members of the foreign boat.

It is important to note that as many as 17 Bangladeshi fishermen were arrested in October, 2008 for illegally fishing at Bay of Bengal near Paradip port. They were sent back to their Country after spending nearly a year in custody.