One of the five Pakistani nationals picked up by the Border Security Force (BSF) Water Wing near Kori Creek on Sunday was arrested by Indian security agencies previously as well,preliminary investigation has revealed. The finding has now led Indian authorities to suspect that the arrested Pakistanis might not be fishermen as claimed. One of the arrested is a 12-year-old boy.
The 117 Battalion of the BSF Water Wing had detained the five along with their boat from the creek area. They were later brought to the Narayan Sarovar police station in Lakhpat taluka of Kutch district.
After a formal arrest by the local police,they were sent for a medical check-up. On Tuesday,they were to be brought to the Joint Interrogation Centre in Bhuj for interrogation by the Navy,Coast Guard,Customs,Intelligence Bureau and the police.
The five have been identified as Mohmmad Themor (42),Shabbir Themor (33),Mirkhan Themor (30),Nazir Themor (22) and Karim Baks (12),all residents of Thatha district of Sindh province.
According to the BSF sources,Mohmmad Themor was arrested in 2003 for violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and was sent to jail for one year. Besides,he also knew the sea-route to Gujarat,they said.
He will be further interrogated at the JIC,they said. This is the fourth group of Pakistani nationals arrested for trespassing into Indian waters,and the second from the Kori Creek area since August.