“The primary investigation confirms that the boat was in its right course and did not pose any danger. The shooting was clearly a mistake,” Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai’s influential police chief, was quoted as saying by the UAE daily The National.
The U.S. Navy has said that it was forced to open fire as a last resort, after the fishing boat failed to heed an entire protocol of warnings.
The Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi is working with local authorities to carry out a full investigation into the incident. “We have made the request and the UAE authorities have already begun the investigation on their own,” said M.K. Lokesh, Indian ambassador to the UAE.
The U.S. government has officially confirmed that shots fired from its Navy vessel had killed the Indian and injured three more off a Dubai port, said official sources here.
U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell telephoned Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Tuesday morning to convey her regret for the loss of life and assured him that the U.S. government would conduct a full investigation.