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Coast Guard intercepts Pak boat,7 fishermen held

50 Gujarati fishermen held in Pakistan

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 21, 2013 3:12:16 am

The Indian Coast Guard intercepted a Pakistani boat off Mitha Port on Thursday and arrested seven fishermen who were on board for allegedly entering the Indian waters illegally. On the same day,over 50 fishermen from Gujarat were arrested by the Pakistani maritime security agency after they strayed into Pakistan’s territorial waters from Porbandar coast.

The Indian Coast Guard officials said the Pakistani boat Al Riyaz was caught off 40 nautical miles near Mitha port by ICG vessel Rajratna. A Coast Guard official said,“Seven fishermen were detained and escorted to Okha. After the primary inquiry,they were handed over to local police for interrogation.”

Six boats had left from Porbandar and another three from Mangrol on Wednesday morning for fishing. However,the fishermen strayed and entered Pakistan’s waters and were apprehended. Their nine boats were also confiscated.

The officials here added that the Indian fishermen have been handed over to Karachi police for interrogation. These arrests came less than a month after the release of more than 300 Indian fishermen from Pakistan jails. There are still 97 Indian fishermen and three other Indian nationals languishing in jails in Karachi.

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