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US shooting: Indian fishermen seek higher solatium by Sajila Saseendran August 07,2012   |  Source: Khaleej Times

The survivors of the US Navy shooting case off Jebel Ali Port last month are demanding a higher payment after the US government offered ex gratia solatium, even as investigations continue.

The US government offered to match the payment of INR500,000 (Dh33,348) to the family of Arumugam Sekar, the deceased, and INR50,000 (Dh3,334) to each family of the three injured as announced by the government of Tamil Nadu, where the fishermen hail from.

The details of the ex gratia payment were worked out by the US in consultation with the Tamil Nadu government, India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.

“We understand that this humanitarian ex gratia payment does not prejudice the final 
outcome of the ongoing investigation which is currently under way in the United States,” he was quoted as saying by the Indian media.

However, the Dubai-based Indian fishermen, whose lives were jeopardized after the July 16 shooting by security guards aboard the US Navy’s refueling ship USNS Rappahannock feel that their government should have forced the US authorities to provide a higher compensation in the lines of the out-of-court payment offered by the government of Italy in a similar case.

In April, the Italian authorities


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