Attack against Oommen Chandy is hot news for Italian websites
A pic of Mr Chandy found published by the news site ANSA. IT. -DC
Alappuzha: The attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had its echoes in distant Italy with several dailies carrying the news. After all, Italy is familiar with the Chief Minister’s name because he had figured prominently all through the furore following the arrest of the two Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone.
Several Italian news sites carried reports on the Kannur attack. ANSA. IT, a popular Italian news site described Oommen Chandy as the lead player in the marines drama of 2012. It said: “The Governor (Chief Minister) of the Indian State of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, was hospitalized in Thiruvananthapuram after his car was attacked by protesters who denounced a scam relating to a solar power project in which the local government was involved”.
The report comes under the title “Kerala Governor injured in protest, the protagonist of the operation against maro (marines) in 2012” (Governatore Kerala ferito in protesta, Protagonista dell'operazione contro i maro' del 2012) says he was the protagonist of the operation that led to the arrest of the two Italian marines.
IL Giornale D’ Italia, another site, went on to say that the Kerala politician was shot during a protest against a scandal concerning a solar energy project, adding that Oommen Chandy was hospitalized with injuries to his face and chest.
Apart from ANSA.IT and IL Giornale D’ Italia, news sites Corriere Della Sera. IT, Dall ’ Italia E Dal Mondo, Qoop, L’unione Sarda, Daily Business, and Ligiornaleditalia.org too carried the news describing Chandy as a brain behind the operation that led to the marines’ arrest.
The reports reflect the intensity of the marines’ issue in Italy. The two Italian marines, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Gironi, were arrested for allegedly gunning down two Indian fishermen off the Kollam coast on February 15, 2012.
They were guarding Italian merchant vessel Enrica Lexie when they allegedly mistook the fishermen – Ajesh Binki, 25, from Tamil Nadu and Jelestine, 45, from Kerala, for Somalian pirates and fired at them.