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99 fishermen released from Pak custody

india Updated: Nov 30, 2008 13:36 IST

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The ordeal for 99 fishermen, released from Pakistani custody, will finally end on Sunday after they are brought back home in Vadodara by a team from the Gujarat fisheries department.

The fishermen, who were released at the Wagah border on November 26, have been at Amritsar since then, waiting for the team to arrive and secure their custody.

"We reached Amritsar on Saturday night with names and photographs of the released fishermen for verification," a state fisheries department official told PTI over phone.

We will reach Vadodara late on Sunday night along with the fishermen and leave for Veraval on Monday morning, the official said.

Lack of communication from Pakistani authorities caused the delay in the Gujarat team reaching Wagah to secure the custody of the fishermen in time, he said.

There are 388 other fishermen languishing in prisons in Pakistan, even after the release of these 99, Indian Fishermen Association President Veljibhai Masani said.