Ahmedabad: The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) at present apprehended 48 Indian fishermen and seized 8 of their boats close to Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast, officers of National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) stated.

The Forum claimed that the Pakistani company guards fired a number of rounds within the air to overpower these fishermen earlier than taking them to Karachi from Indian waters.

Talking to PTI, NFF secretary Manish Lodhari stated, “The Pakistan MSA apprehended 48 Indian fishermen together with 8 of their boats close to Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast within the Arabian sea this morning.”

According to him, they got here to know concerning the incident from different fishermen, who got here again.

“We discovered that each one the fishermen and boats belonged to Porbandar and Veraval. The Pakistani company kidnapped these fishermen from Indian waters by firing a number of rounds within the air. They have been taken to Karachi and lodged in jail,” he stated.

In December final yr, the MSA had captured fifty eight fishermen and seized eleven of their boats close to the International Maritime Boundary close to Jakhau port.
Thereafter, on January 4, the MSA had apprehended 12 Indian fishermen and seized their two boats close to the International Maritime Boundary.

This incident had come shut on the heels of the Indian Coast Guard intercepting a Pakistani fishing boat off the coast of Gujarat. The boat, which was stated to be carrying explosives, was intercepted on the intervening night time of December 31 and January 1 round 365-km off the Porbandar coast, earlier than it reportedly exploded, caught hearth and sunk with 4.

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