Pakistan arrests 59 Indian fishermen for trespassing
Fifty-nine Indian fishermen were arrested and their 10 boats were seized by Pakistani authorities for allegedly entering the country’s territorial waters.india Updated: Apr 01, 2016 20:43 IST
Fifty-nine Indian fishermen were arrested on Thursday and their 10 boats were seized by Pakistani authorities for allegedly entering the country’s territorial waters.
The fishermen were arrested by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) while they were fishing in Sir Creek, a disputed area on the maritime border of Sindh and Gujarat.
“The fishermen were presented before a magistrate on Friday and have been sent to judicial remand,” a senior police officer said.
The MSA detained the fishermen, belonging to Gujarat, in Karachi on Thursday.
The 59 fishermen have been taken into custody and cases have been lodged against them under section 3 and 4 of the Foreigners Act and 3 and 9 of the Fisheries Act, the Express Tribune quoted a police official as saying.
Both Indian and Pakistani fishermen are often arrested for illegal fishing as the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.
In two goodwill gestures last month, Pakistan freed 86 fishermen in two batches each.
Some 377 more Indian prisoners are languishing in the Malir jail out of which 116 have to complete their sentences and the remaining 261 are under trials.