April 3rd, 2012
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Captain of ‘Prabhu Daya’ granted bail

prabhu-daya-captainAlappuzha: The Alappuzha Principal Sessions Court granted bail to Gordon Charles Pereira who was the Captain of ‘MV Prabhu Daya’. The vessel M V Prabhu Daya is alleged to have collided with a fishing boat off the Alappuzha coast on March 1, 2012 that led to the death of five fishermen. The Captain, third accused in the case, was charged under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).

Pereira was taken into custody on March 12 after the Madras high court denied him anticipatory bail. He could not be brought to the shore as the Chennai Port Trust (CPT) raised objection saying it would leave the vessel at outer anchorage without a captain. After the captain’s arrest chief officer took charge of the vessel. He was arrested by the Kerala police on March 13 and brought before Ambalappuzha Judicial Magistrate Court the next day after completing immigration formalities.

The police had earlier registered murder attempt cases against the ship captain and some crew for allegedly pushing Prasobh Sugathan, a Malayalee second officer, out of the ship. Prasobh, who is the first accused in the case, was in charge of the merchant vessel at the time of the accident. Regarding these allegations the company that owns the ship in its statement had said, “This runs completely contrary to the signed sworn statement that he gave to the Sri Lankan police following his rescue and landing at Trincomalee… We take such allegations very seriously and will conduct a full internal enquiry.”



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