Pakistan Navy arrests 88 Indian fishermen, seizes 15 boats off Gujarat coast

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New Delhi | Updated: March 5, 2017 10:40:59 PM

According to a PMSA spokesman, the arrests were made after the Indian fishermen were found fishing in Pakistani waters and they refused to leave despite repeated warnings from the officials concerned.

Pakistan Navy arrests 88 Indian fishermen, seizes 15 boats off Gujarat coast. (Reuters)

In a shocking case, Pakistan Navy has apprehended 88 Indian fishermen and 15 boats off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian Sea. They were arrested off Jakhau on Saturday night. This is not a one-off incident, earlier in January, Pakistani maritime authorities arrested sixty Indian fishermen along with their boats for allegedly straying into the Pakistan’s territorial waters. The fishermen were arrested by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), however their detention was not made public then.They were later presented before a judicial magistrate.

According to a PMSA spokesman, the arrests were made after the Indian fishermen were found fishing in Pakistani waters and they refused to leave despite repeated warnings from the officials concerned.

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Prior to this, Pakistan had released 219 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture. These incidents of arresting fishermen have been increasing in the Arabian Sea. At times, the poor fishermen have to spend months and years in jails before they are released and deported back to their country.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan Navy apprehended 8 fishermen and a fishing boat in south of Dhanuskodi. The Lankan Navy also captured 13 Indian fishermen along with two boats in the sea area that is loacted north of Delft Island.

These fishermen were sent into the custody of Kankesanthurai Police for further investigation and enquiries. Prior to this, on February 7, the Sri Lankan Navy had captured 10 Indian fishermen from Rameswaram.

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