Pak Maritime Agency apprehends 12 Indian fishermen

A dozen Indian fishermen were apprehended and their four boats seized by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) from near the Indo-Pak maritime border in the Arabian Sea off Jhakhau coast in Kutch district of Gujarat.

Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 14:07 PM IST

Ahmedabad: A dozen Indian fishermen were
apprehended and their four boats seized by the Pakistan
Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) from near the Indo-Pak
maritime border in the Arabian Sea off Jhakhau coast in Kutch
district of Gujarat.

The incident took place yesterday when the fishermen
were fishing in the Indian waters near the International
Maritime Border in Arabian Sea, National Fishermen Forum (NFF)
secretary Manish Lodhari said today.

Initially the Pakistan agency had apprehended 26
fishermen with five boats but later released one boat and 14
fishermen comprising mainly old men and juveniles, he said.

They took along with them four boats Neeldeep,
Badrinath, Shree Annapurna and Jay Shree Krishna, and 12
fishermen to Karachi in Pakistan.

Two days ago an Indian fisherman was injured in firing
by the PMSA, while he was fishing along with other fishermen
near the Indo-Pak maritime border in Arabian sea off Jhakau
coast in Kutch.

Earlier in the month, the Pakistani agency had caught
21 Indian fishermen and seized six boats.

Also, last month, 51 fishermen and 12 boats were seized
by the PMSA from near the Indo-Pak maritime border in three
different incidents, Porbander Boat Association (PBA)
president Hiralal Siyar said.

According to Siyar, last year PMSA had seized 56
Indian boats from the Arabian sea and apprehended 263 Indian
fishermen.

PTI