On Monday late evening, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) took into custody 26 Pakistani fishermen, seizing five of their boats very close from Jakhau port in Gujarat.
The Defence PRO issued a release in Ahmedabad stating that the boats were accused of being inside the Indian territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
It was ICG vessel C-419 that seized the Pakistani boats with 26 crew members. The boats are currently being taken to Jakhau port for further investigation. However, authorities have assured that the Pakistani nationals aren’t bearing any arms.
This is not very uncommon in Pakistan and India, as both arrest fishermen for violating their respective water territories.
Incidentally last month 43 Indian fishermen were arrested by Pakistan for allegedly entering their territory in the Arabian Sea.
Prior to this, in the month of July and October, BSF and the Indian Coast Guard have seized boats from the coasts. On July 2, BSF intercepted two boats in Haraminala but fishermen aboard managed to escape; and on October 4, coast guard ship ‘Samudra Pavak’ apprehended a Pakistani board with nine on board.
This capture is by far the largest intervention of Pakistani boats along coastal waters, post surgical strikes.
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