Ahmedabad: Three of the nine Pakistanis, who were arrested on August 17 by the BSF from a boat in the Sir Creek area in Gujarat’s Kutch district, will be subjected to polygraph (lie-detector) test.
The decision was taken after security agencies failed to ascertain their real identity as the three weren’t carrying any identity proof unlike the other six ‘infiltrators’.
The arrest of the nine Pakistanis came just two days after Independence Day and hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned of terror groups in Pakistan plotting fresh attacks in India.
"We had information that some people from across the border were trying to infiltrate into Indian territory. So we conducted a special operation and apprehended nine men," a BSF spokesperson had said on the day of arrest. "All of them are middle-aged and arrived in a boat which has been seized," he added.
Last year, the terrorists who attacked Mumbai, had hijacked an Indian fishing boat from near the marshy Creek area which is prone to cross-border intrusion before reaching close to the western metropolis in that boat.
The apprehended men looked like fishermen but following interrogation it was found they were not fishermen, the BSF spokesperson stated.
Arun Kumar Sinha, IG (Gujarat Frontier), said preliminary investigation showed that six of them were engaged in fishing activities while three were not. "This is a rough weather time...generally people do not venture into this area."
The statements made by them during interrogation were contradictory and hence they were being questioned extensively, the spokesperson said.
In the Creek area is the Harami Nala, a sluggish and shallow water channel, spread over 500 sq km which has in the past witnessed intrusions from Pakistani fishermen.
The marshy topography makes it difficult for BSF troops to react swiftly against infiltration. There is a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan over the Creek area.