March 14th, 2012
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Captain of Prabhu Daya to be presented before court today

prabhu-dayaChennai: Gordon Charles Pereira, captain of ‘M V Prabhu Daya’ who was arrested by the Kerala police yesterday will be brought before Ambalappuzha Judicial Magistrate Court today after completing immigration formalities. Mr Pereira shall be taken to the Judicial Magistrate by the Kerala police team led by IG K Padmakumar. The vessel M V Prabhu Daya is alleged to have collided with a fishing boat off Alappuzha coast on March 1, 2012 that led to the death of five fishermen.

Though Pereira was taken into custody on Monday 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. Now, chief officer aboard the vessel has taken charge after the captain’s arrest.

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 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.”

Tolani Shipping Pte Ltd, the owner of Prabhu Daya said it was working with the authorities in establishing the truth. A company statement said it had ordered the vessel to return to Chennai and to fully cooperate with the Indian authorities, though the vessel was flying a Singapore flag and was “well outside Indian waters at the time.”


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