Much more than 100 Indian fishermen had been arrested and 19 of their boats seized on Sunday by Pakistan for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters off Gujarat coast, Pakistani officials and a fishermen affiliation in India said.
Pakistan Maritime Safety Company arrested the fishermen and seized the boats off Jakhau coast in Kutch district.
A PMSA spokesman verified that the fishermen and the boats experienced been handed about to the regional law enforcement for further motion. The fishermen would be presented in a court docket on Monday and from there the judicial justice of the peace would send out them to jail as for every the procedure, according to a law enforcement official.
“We have develop into utilized to this plan now as these Indian fishermen get arrested illegally fishing in our waters each individual thirty day period or so,” the official said.
Earlier, India’s Countrywide Fishworkers’ Forum secretary Manish Lodhari said, “We have learnt that extra than 100 fishermen who had been on board around 18 fishing boats had been apprehended by the PMSA in the vicinity of the intercontinental maritime boundary line off Jakhau coast on Saturday.”
“The fishermen who escaped (the arrest) have educated us about this,” he said.
The PMSA experienced before this thirty day period also apprehended a hundred and fifteen fishermen and seized 19 boats.
This progress came just after the Indian Coast Guard captured 9 Pakistani nationals alongside with a fishing boat in the identical location off Jakhau coast on Friday.
In March, the PMSA has in separate incidents arrested virtually 225 fishermen alongside with three dozen boats, according to Lodhari.
Final thirty day period, the BSF experienced apprehended 4 abandoned Pakistani fishing boats in the vicinity of Sir Creek in Kutch district, though on January 27, the Pakistani maritime agency experienced arrested sixty Indian fishermen and seized 10 boats.
Fishermen from the two countries are arrested often for inadvertently trespassing into every other’s waters.
However, at times India and Pakistan have produced them as a goodwill gesture to the other nation. On January five, some 219 Indian fishermen had been produced by Pakistan just after 220 of them had been produced on December 25 previous calendar year.
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