Porbandar : The Pakistani Marine Agency hijacked 8 boats of Gujarat and 45 fishermen from the Indian waters. After the monsoon, these fishermen took the boat for the first time for fishing. Incidents of fishermen and their boat abduction have been often reported from Indo-Pakistan International Water Boundary along the coast of Gujarat.
Gujarat’s fishermen went out for fishing for the first time after an active monsoon for the last two to three months. The Pakistani maritime security agency hijacked 8 boats and about 45 fishermen from Gujarat infiltrating the Indian waters. Out of the eight hijacked boats, 6 are reported to be of Porbandar while 2 boats are of Veraval.
According to the information, all the fishermen have been taken to Karachi port.
Fishermen of Gujarat are angry with this action of Pakistani Navy. They demanded intervention from the central government. The fishermen who escaped from the Pakistan Navy told that they were catching fish within the Indian waters. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Navy kidnapped fishermen and took them with him.
Gujarat has a long maritime border with Pakistan. The Indian Coast Guard has also become cautious on this action of Pakistan.
The Pakistan Coast Guard similarly took 17 Saurashtra fishermen hostage along with their 3 boats on 17 February. Currently, they are all lodged in Karachi jail. Pakistani Navy claimed that these fishermen had entered Pakistan’s waters. Earlier on 13 February, the Pakistan Coast Guard opened fire on Indian fishermen. However there were no casualties in the firing.