The Border Security Force (BSF) detained five Pakistani fishermen,including two minors,from the Harami Nala area near the disputed Sir Creek in Kutch,in the early hours of Wednesday.
The detainees,including two boys aged 15 and 16 years,are natives of Thata district in Pakistan,officials said,adding that they had reportedly entered Indian waters for fishing.
They would be grilled by the BSF and other agencies to verify if they crossed the border with any malafide intention.
This was reportedly the first incident where Pakistani infiltrators attempted to enter the state through the waters in Harami Nala since the Creek Crocodiles squad was formed to remain watchful in the disputed Sir Creek area.
The number of intrusions from the Pakistani waters through Harami Nala and Sir Creek had come down to nil in the last two years.
A senior officer of BSF (Gujarat Frontier) said,The BSF was unable to reach these creeks due to the marshiness. It was a long and tedious effort to form a special wing. The squad commandos were made to adapt to this area and a post was set up specially for the squad to stay put there 24/7.
Around 1,000 commandos,who underwent the special training,were deployed in the Creek Crocodiles squad. The squad guards the creek zone of about 4,000 square kilometres. The squad is deployed at the baseline of the creeks and also in waters with special vessels for the operations.
The commandos were trained in mud walking,under water swimming,speed boats and firing from boats,taking cover in under water. For these training sessions,the commandos have stayed at the creeks for almost one year.