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Pak releases 362 fishermen

punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2013 19:01 IST
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In a goodwill gesture, the Pakistan government on Saturday released 362 Indian nationals, mainly fishermen belonging to Gujarat, through the Attari border.

Among the prisoners released, 10 are minors. All were lodged at the Landi jail near Karachi for the past two to three years.

Happy at returning home, the Indian nationals got emotional as soon as they crossed the border.

Demanding that the rules needed to be lenient for fishermen, they said, "It is tough at sea to know the border and we get caught by Pakistani Rangers. Though we don't have bad intentions, we have to spend years in jail."

They demanded that both India and Pakistan must immediately release fishermen who inadvertently crossed over the border.

They claimed that there were still around 100 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jails and many of them were unwell.

Talking to reporters, Babu Lal said, "There were still 97 fishermen in Pakistani jails. Many were sick and the Centre must get them released immediately."
Sanju and Ramesh said the treatment meted out to Indian fishermen in jail was not good.

They demanded compensation from the government as they had to start their lives all over again.