Press Trust of India
DUBAI, Feb. 15. — An Indian sailor was allegedly beaten to death by his colleagues on board a Norwegian oil tanker in international waters off the coast of Fujairah in the UAE, after a fight ensued among the seamen after an argument over the cartoon issue, a media report said.
Officials confirmed the death of 31-year-old Sudheer Nonia Jagannathan, of Mumbai, but refused to comment on the incident. “We have been informed about the death. Our officials visited Fujairah Hospital and collected the details. Investigation is on and the consulate will render all help to repatriate the body,” an Indian official told Khaleej Times. The entire crew aboard the ship was from India. It was coming from New Manglore in Karnataka and heading for Fujairah with chemicals. The deceased worked as a fitter on the ship. The captain of the tanker has denied any foul play. He and his crew members were remanded in custody of Fujairah Police, reports said.