Pakistan apprehends 17 Indian fishermen, 6 boats
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 16:29
Ahmedabad: Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has apprehended 17 Indian fishermen and seized their boats from the international maritime border near Jakhau town of Kutch district, secretary of the National Fish Workers' Forum Manish Lodhari said Saturday.

PMSA yesterday intercepted seven Indian fishing boats in the international waters, on which there were 34 fishermen, Lodhari said.

PMSA allowed 17 fishermen, who were either too young or too old, to return to India in one boat, he said.

However, six boats -- Raj Hans, Raj Dhan, Tulsi, Gaj Raj, Hem Raj and Nayan Prem -- were seized and taken to Karachi in Pakistan along with 17 fishermen, Lodhari said.

All the boats and the fishermen were from Porbandar area.

Day before yesterday, PMSA apprehended four Indian fishermen with one boat. According to Porbandar Boat Association president Hiralal Siyar, an estimated 476 boats of Gujarati fishermen are in the custody of Pakistani authorities.

He further said that over 250 fishermen from the state are languishing in Pakistani jails, including the 17 who were apprehended yesterday.


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 16:29

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