Post 26/11, 'Kuber' becomes untouchable for fishermen

The boat was on a fishing trip in the Arabian Sea when it was hijacked by the terrorists and used to reach the Mumbai coast.

Two years after the 26/11 terror attacks, the trawler is lying at Porbandar shores unused, 'Kuber' owner Vinod Masani told PTI by phone today from the port city in Gujarat.
"Nobody wants to take this boat for fishing in the sea," Masani rued and demanded compensation for the loss.

"My appeal to the government is to provide the owner of the boat some compensation as nobody wants to use it anymore (because of association with the attacks," he said.

There were five fishermen, including captain Amarsinh Solanki, onboard Kuber when it was hijacked by the terrorists, who brutally killed Solanki and abandoned the boat near Mumbai. Bodies of the other fishermen were never found.

"Families of the fishermen killed by the terrorists were compensated by the local community. I, too, compensated their families. But I have not received any help from the government till date," he claimed.

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