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‘Abandoned’ by Pak,2 fishermen reach Okha

Two fishermen from Gujarat who were abandoned allegedly by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency near the International Maritime Boundary Line after their boat developed a technical snag,reached Okha in Jamnagar on Wednesday after they were rescued by an Indian trawler.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: May 3, 2012 5:27:27 am

Two fishermen from Gujarat who were abandoned allegedly by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) near the International Maritime Boundary Line after their boat developed a technical snag,reached Okha in Jamnagar on Wednesday after they were rescued by an Indian trawler.

The National Fishing Forum alleged that PMSA abandoned the two while they detained 11 other Indian fishermen and seized their 11 trawlers.

This comes to light a couple of days after PMSA allegedly fired indiscriminately at an Indian boat,leaving its captain injured. “Two fishermen were left to die with their sinking boats as PMSA did not want to seize damaged boats. They took other boats and fishermen with them,this after releasing 72 other fishermen who were on board boats captured that day,” said National Fishing Forum secretary Manish Lodhari.

Total 13 boats were apprehended by PMSA on April 26. Though crew members of one boat managed to come back,they had to face indiscriminate firing allegedly by PMSA,which left one of them injured.

While the Okha marine police said they are yet to question the two,sources said a joint interrogation by various agencies,including IB and customs,is underway at Okha.

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