A Pakistani boat was apprehended off Jamnagar coast late on Sunday evening and six Pakistani crew members were held by the Indian Coast Guard.
The arrested crew members are suspected by security agencies to have been using fishing as a cover to enter Indian waters.
The Pakistani boat ‘Al-Rahimo’ had left Karachi five days ago and was found near the Indian maritime border on Sunday. The boat was carrying 150 kilograms of fish.
A senior officer from the Indian Coast Guard confirmed to the Indian Express, “The Pakistani boat has been apprehended six kilomtres inside the IMB. Unlike the fishermen who go astray in the water these fishermen were suspicious. They had more than 100 kilograms of fish which they claim they had caught in the initial three days; then it is highly suspicious that they were still sailing close to Indian waters. We suspect that they were using the fish stock as a cover.”
All the six crew members are natives of Karachi and the boat was also made in Karachi for fishing. The seized boat will be brought to Okha post on Monday morning at around 11am. The Pakistan Maritime Agency had apprehended 55 Indian fishermen two weeks back and seized eight Indian boats that had left from Okha and Porbandar for fishing.
The Indian Coast Guard will interrogate the Pakistani crew along with the Central Intelligence Bureau, Indian Navy, Customs, the DRI and marine police of State Police.