The Border Security Force (BSF) arrested nine Pakistani nationals on Sunday evening for trespassing on Indian waters in Gujarat’s Kutch region bordering Pakistan.
“Based on the information we received about a week back that there might be an infiltration bid and possibility of boats entering our region, our jawans were put on a special patrolling operation. Last evening, at about 5 pm, we intercepted a boat called Al-Kabutar near Kori Creek and nabbed nine Pakistani nationals,” a senior BSF official told Hindustan Times.
The BSF official said preliminary investigations established that six of the nine men were fishermen, and the other three, who looked suspicious, were handed over to Gujarat police for further questioning.
The boat seized from the men resembles the fishing boats commonly used by the fishermen on both sides, he added.
Superintendent of Police Bhuj Wabang Jamir told Hindustan Times that police were questioning these men on the basis of some leads.
“As we have started our interrogation in the afternoon only, there is nothing further I can reveal,” Jamir said.
Fifty Pakistani nationals were arrested in the past year for trespassing on the Indian waters. After the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which the terrorists used the marine route to enter the city, the Indian Coast Guard aided by the BSF has enhanced vigilance in the entire coastal corridor of the Kutch region.
“Though adverse weather, marshy conditions and waterlogging are a challenge, we are carrying out patrolling on speed boats to thwart such attempts,” an official said.