The Pakistan Maritime Security (PMSA) on Wednesday arrested 30 Indian fishermen, news agency PTI reported. The arrests come in backdrop of brutal killings of two Indian Jawans across LoC, and is likely to raise prevailing tensions further. The authorities alleged fishermen for allegedly fishing in the country’s territorial waters, bringing the total number of Indian fishermen detained this year to 304. A PMSA spokesman said that 30 Indian fishermen were detained and their five boats were seized. The agency later handed over the fisherman to the Docks police for further legal procedures. As per legal procedures, the fishermen will be presented before a judicial magistrate tomorrow and then sent to jail.
PTI reported that PMSA had on April 27 detained 29 Indian fishermen and seized five boats, just a week before today’s incident. Last month, PMSA had captured 18 Indian fishermen on April 8th. According to the reports by news agency PTI, 18 Indian fishermen were captured and three boats were also seized off the Gujarat coast. The report said that all the three boats were fishing boats from Porbandar, Okha and Mangrol respectively.
In March also, the PMSA had twice apprehended Indian fishermen. In a similar incident on March 26, the PMSA had arrested 100 Indian fishermen and seized 19 boats while in early March some 85 Indian fishermen were arrested and sent to jail. On January 27, the agency had captured 60 Indian fishermen and seized 10 boats. The arrests continued even as Pakistan released some 219 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture on January 5 and before that released another batch of 220 Indian fishermen on December 25. The fishermen, from both the countries get arrested by maritime agencies due to absence of any proper technology to confirm the coastline border between Pakistan and India.