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16 Indian fishermen arrested by Pak authorities

world Updated: Sep 12, 2009 22:47 IST

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Pakistani authorities on Saturday arrested 16 Indian fishermen on charges of allegedly violating the country's maritime boundary.

The fishermen, who were captured along with three boats by the Maritime Security Agency, were taken to the southern port of Karachi.

A spokesman for the MSA said the Indians were arrested for violating Pakistan's Exclusive Economic Zone.

After a medical check-up and interrogation by intelligence agencies, the fishermen were handed over to police and they are expected to be produced in court on Monday.

India and Pakistan arrest scores of fishermen every year on charges of violating the maritime boundary and the fishermen sometimes languish in prison for years.