The hide and seek being played between Indian fishermen and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency near the International Maritime Boundary Line has claimed the life of one more Indian fisherman.
A fortnight ago when Juhi,a fishing trawler,left the Porbandar coast to fetch a good
marine catch in the deep sead,little did the crew knew that it could prove to be their worst venture.
Juhi was apprehended by the Pakistani Martime Security Agency on Tuesday allegedly for fishing in wrong territories.
The National Fishing Forum has confirmed that Lakha Barriya (44),one of the crewmembers of Juhi,died after the trawler was caught by PMSA.
The five others onboard the Indian fishing boat have now been held captive and are likely to languish in Pakistani jails for one or two years. The boat will also remain in the custody of PMSA.
According to sources,Barriya,a resident of Siroz village in Una taluka of Junagadh,died either of a cardiac arrest or of a bullet injury.
Other crew members,after reaching Karachi shore,called up the family back home and informed about Barriyas death. However,they could not narrate the circumstances under which the fisherman lost his life, said Manish Lodhari,the vice-president of the National Fishing Forum.
The Forum said it has represented the matter to the state fisheries department which in turn will ask the external affairs ministry to make arrangements to bring home the body.
When contacted,H B Dave,the Deputy Commissioner,State Fisheries Department,was not available for comments.
A total of 20 boats and 115 fishermen have been arrested by the PMSA since last Saturday with the charges of crossing over International Maritime Boundary Line.