The eighteen Pakistani fishermen caught by Border Security Force (BSF) for allegedly violating Indian waters of Kutch coast were sent to joint interrogation centre (JIC) in Bhuj on Friday after Kutch West police took their custody even as the district administration geared up for CM Anandiben Patel’s visit.
The BSF handed over the 18 fishermen, three of them minor, to Narayan Sarvorvar police station in Lakhpat Taluka of Kutch on Thursday evening. The fishermen had been apprehended by water wing of the BSF after they were found fishing some four kilometres inside towards the Indian side of the notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Pakistan off Koteshwar coast in Kutch on Wednesday afternoon. They were detained and their two boats seized.
Narayan Sarvovar police took their formal custody after taking them on records of the police station at 7 pm on Thursday. “Prima facie, they have been arrested for entering Indian territory without visa and passport. However, we have sent them to JIC for further interrogation,” Narayan Sarovar police sub-inspector VA Rana said.
At the JIC in Bhuj, BSF officers interrogated the arrested fishermen throughout the day on Friday. Howver, officers refused to divulge any information about the interrogation.
The arrested fishermen belong to Chhacha Jan Khan in Shahpur block of Thatta district in Pakistan. Among them are three boys aged 12, 15 and 17. They had been kept by BSF while they were fishing some 34 km off Koteshwar coast on Wednesday.
Incidentally, the CM is visiting Narayan Sarovar and scarcity-hit other parts of Kutch on Saturday. She is scheduled to offer pooja at Koteshwar temple and also visit BSF jawans in the border district.