Twenty days after he died in a Karachi jail,the body of a Gujarat fisherman would be flown to Mumbai on July 25 after completion of formalities. We have received confirmation from Pakistan foreign ministry and officials of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan that the body of Dadu Makwana (44),a fisherman from Kodinar taluka of Junagadh,will be flown to Mumbai from Karachi on July 25, Jatin Desai,general secretary of India chapter of Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD),told The Indian Express over phone from Mumbai on Thursday.
PIPFPD is a forum of activists from India and Pakistan who are working for friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries. We had come to know about Makwanas death on July 5. On the same day,I had approached the Indian High Commission and the External Affairs Ministry of Pakistan. We have been told that his body will be flown back on July 25 after an autopsy, Desai said.
Jivan Jungi,former president of Gujarat Fishermens Association,said that Makwana and five others were arrested by Pakistan security agencies off Jakhau coast in October last year. Desai said Makwana had died of brain haemorrhage,but it was not known how that happened.
Bodies of fishermen from both the countries take weeks to reach their native places due to procedural delays. Gujarat fisherman Ramji Valas body was brought to India 45 days after his death in Pakistan in May last year. Similarly,the body of Nawaz Ali,a Pakistan fisherman who had died in a hospital in Ahmedabad in September last year,was sent to Pakistan after 25 days, Desai further said,urging authorities in both the countries to be a little sensitive to the issue.
The PIPFPD general secretary said that presently,430 Indian fishermen,most of them from Gujarat,were lodged in various jails in Pakistan while 750 boats were seized by Pakistan agencies. Similarly,170 Pakistan fishermen were in Indian jails with their 150 boats.