As many as 26 Pakistani nationals from five boats were detained by the Indian Coast Guard off Jhakhau coast in Kutch district on Monday.
While preliminary reports suggest they are fishermen, they are being sailed to Jhakhau for joint interrogation by various agencies including police and intelligence bureau as well as fisheries department.
According to sources, the coast guard apprehended the boats when they were over 10 nautical miles away from Indian shore.
Post surgical strike by India across the border in response to the terror attacks, this is one of the largest group of Pakistani nationals detained in recent times from Arabian Sea by any Indian security agency.
The Coast Guard team along with the detainees are expected to arrive Jhakhau on Tuesday morning.