Guj Cong approaches Krishna over fisherman's body



Vadodara: Gujarat state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia on Friday said that he had requested the Union External Affairs Minister to make arrangements for bringing back the body of a Gujarat-based fisherman who died in Karachi last month.

Rambhai Kanabhai Vala, resident of Tad village in Una taluka of Junagadh district, had been arrested by the Pakistani marine authorities in November 2011 in the Arabian sea. While in captivity, he fell sick and died at a hospital in Karachi on May 28.

His family is still waiting for the body to be transported back. "I have requested SM Krishna to look into the issue and see to it that the body is flown to India at the earliest," Modhwadia told PTI over phone today.

He said that he also spoke to Vala's family and assured that the matter had been taken up at the highest level of government.

The Congress leader also claimed the credit for recent release of 314 fishermen from Pakistan. It became possible after Gujarat unit of Congress took up the matter with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and others, he said.

PTI