Pakistani Marines seize two Indian boats off Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Feb 25 (IANS) The Pakistani Marine Security Agency (PMSA) on Thursday impounded two more Indian boats off the Gujarat coast along with 12 fishermen.

Pakistan officials had earlier taken into custody 16 Indian boats along with 88 fishermen. As many as 53 Indian fishing boats with more than 315 fishermen have been seized by the neighbouring country’s agencies since October last year.

The two boats (one from Okha and the other from Porbander) with a dozen fishermen were captured by the Pakistani marines near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Arabian Sea off Jakhau coast, National Fish Workers Forum secretary Manish Lodhari said.

He said the two boats had ventured into the sea for catching fish some five days ago.

Earlier on February 7, a day after the arrest of 11 Pakistani fishermen and their boat from Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, the PMSA had seized two Indian boats off the Okha coast with 12 fishermen on board.

Lodhari said that the Pakistani officials had seized over half a dozen Indian fishing boats along with more than 50 fishermen on January 25 from near the IMBL off the Porbandar coast.

On December 20 last year, 10 Indian boats with 68 fishermen were also captured by the PMSA off the Jakhau port of Gujarat.

Almost a dozen Indian boats with over 60 fishermen were captured by the Pak Marines in October last year, according to Lodhari.

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