Kutch: Seventeen Pakistani nationals have been arrested along with their two boats for illegally entering Indian waters near Padala creek in Koteshwar off Kutch in Gujarat, BSF said on Friday.
"Eleven persons, who seemed to be fishermen were nabbed during patrolling last night, while six fishermen were arrested this evening during the search operations," BSF Inspector General (Gujarat Frontier) AK Sinha told a news agency.
Forty kgs of fish was recovered from the boats, Sinha said.
The arrested fishermen will be brought to the Joint Interrogation Centre in Bhuj by tomorrow, where they will be grilled, he added.
Nothing incriminating was recovered from their possession, sources said.
This is the second time this month that Pakistani nationals have been nabbed after they crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
On June 12, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) had apprehended a Pakistani boat with 12 fishermen onboard, 38 nautical miles off the IMBL near Jakhau coast in Jamnagar district of the state.
The seizure of this boat and arrests of fishermen have raised suspicions, as it is non-fishing season now.