Dubai police treating US Navy's shooting down of Indian fisherman as 'murder'

Dubai, July 20 (ANI): Dubai Police is treating the shooting of an Indian fisherman by a U.S. Navy ship off its coast as 'murder', and has criticised the decision to open fire.

"Lives have been taken," the Wall Street Journal quoted Dahi al Kahlfan, Dubai's Police Chief, as saying, adding: "We are treating this incident as a murder case."

One Indian fisherman was killed and three other were injured off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Monday, when the refueling ship USNS Rappahannock fired at the vessel, mistaking its intentions as aggressive.

While the U.S. offered condolences to the relatives of the victim, it did not apologize for the killing, and defended the decision to open fire.

The U.S. Government, in a statement issued earlier this week, said the vessel "disregarded non-lethal warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship."

The fishermen, who were on the boat, have challenged this claim, saying they were given no warning at all.

Al Kahlfan described the firing as "the action of an irresponsible soldier" who misjudged the situation.

USNS Rappahannock has since left U.A.E. territorial waters and is now in international waters, according to Dubai Police. (ANI)