Marines' supporters protest Indian heiress wedding in Pugli

But relatives, loved ones declined to take a stance

(ANSA) - Bari, August 27 - Supporters of two Italian marines being held in India protested as preparations for the lavish wedding of an Indian heiress got underway in the southern Puglia region, where both marines hail from.
    Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are being held in India on possible murder charges in the 2012 shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen, whom they allegedly mistook for pirates.
    Indian iron magnate Pramod Agarwal has chosen to throw his third daughter, Ritika Agarwal, a lavish three-day wedding in the Puglia town of Fasano, irking some of the marines' supporters.
    They have created a Facebook page and inundated local Mayor Lello Di Bari's inbox with demands he not attend the nuptials.
    "I can't avoid this wedding," replied the mayor.
    Those closest to the marines declined to take up the cudgel.
    "No comment," Paola Moschetti, girlfriend of marine Massimiliano Latorre, told ANSA. "This has nothing to do with the marines' situation," Salvatore Girone's brother, Alessandro, told ANSA. "Making a fuss is pointless. All we care about is for their case to be resolved soon".
    Local law enforcement is holding a meeting Thursday to come up with a plan in case of protests at the wedding, set to take place September 3-6.


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