Udupi/New Delhi: It has been over four months since the fishing boat Suvarna Tribhuja and its crew, that left the Malpe port in December, went missing on the high seas. Although the Indian Navy found the ill-fated boat's wreckage, the bodies of the seven fishermen have still not been found and are presumed dead.
According to a report by ANI, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took issue with reports about the incident and on Monday, said in a statement, "Reportedly, the India Navy stopped the search operation after the wreckage of the vessel was discovered 33 km west-south-west off the coast of Malvan in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The boat had left for a deep sea fishing expedition off the coast of Goa on December 16, 2018."
ANI also reported that the NHRC has issued a notice to Chief Secretary of the Government of Karnataka T M Vijay Bhaskar to look into the media report and address the grievances of the missing fishermen's family members. They also issued a notice to Union Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra to give them status updates about the search operation for the bodies of the missing fishermen, conducted by the Indian Navy. Stating that the case of the missing fishermen is of serious concern, the Commission has asked for both the reports to be submitted within six weeks.
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