India nailed German’s freighter Grietje out of 8 suspects, as the only available for arrest

March 28, 2013 at 02:43 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

From The Times of India:

Two German sailors of the "Grietje" were arrested on Mar 26, ten days after their ship collided with a fishing boat off the Chennai coast leading to one fisherman's death. Anandan, 45, a fisherman from Kasimedu, drowned while two of his friends were rescued after cargo vessel MV Grietj, flying the Antigua Barbuda flag, rammed into their boat on March 16, around 10 nautical miles (18.5 km) off the Chennai coast.


What circumstantial evidences do the Indian authorities and media are talking about? Indian authorities and media write about Grietje’s involvement in the collision in terms of a proven fact, which is absolutely not the case.  “Elaborating on the circumstantial evidence, a mercantile marine department official said the "Grietje" was the only vessel which was in the area at the time of the accident” wrote The Times of India.

Let’s look at what was written and said earlier, next day after collision took place: “LRIT controlled by Directorate General Shipping, and also available to Coast Guard, identified 8 suspect vessels”.

The Grietje happened to be the only one suspect vessel Indian authorities could lay their hands on, as all others passed Indian ports by, destined for other countries. One out of eight suspects – and a lucky hit, alas without direct proofs? Highly doubtful. More likely, Indian authorities are anxious not to find a real culprit, but to report asap they’ve nailed one.

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