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Fisherman Killing row: Italian Deputy Foreign Minister to arrive India

New Delhi, Wed, 22 Feb 2012 NI Wire

Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan De Mistura is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi today in order to hold the talks with Indian highest-level diplomats over rising diplomatic tension between India and Italy emerged after fisherman killing row.

The Deputy FM will reportedly try all diplomatic efforts for releasing their two naval guards, who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen within Indian sea border in Kerala on February 15 arguing that the guards have mistakenly assessed the deceased 'pirates' and started firing after giving several warnings, who were aggressively coming close to Italian commercial vessel.

The Indian Police had detained Italy's two marines and the two naval guards - Ajesh Binki (25) and Gelastine (45) on February 19 and deported into a trial court at Kollam, Kerala on the next day. The two marines are anchored in police custody at Kochi airport.

After detaining their two guards, Italy kicked off diplomatic talks to India regarding not top initiate legal action, as it is an 'international issue'(according to them), they want to solve it at their own country. But, India is firm to take legal action against the accused citing, 'murder within Indian border is a serious crime and accused have to face legal action'.

In this development, Italy has send its deputy foreign minister for holding diplomatic talks who would be followed by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi on February 28, in the condition of further development or deadlock situation.

After visiting to New Delhi, Mistura, will meet to Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, along with a delegation. It is a expected that he may also go to External Affairs Minister SM Krishna today.

Meanwhile, one of the deceased kin has asked a compensation of Rs.1-crore from Italian shipping company. The court has reportedly admitted the plea.

Dolphin Tankers, the owners of the Italian cargo vessel, also filed a petition in the High Court seeking no fresh arrests should be made without hearing their version.

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