BSF apprehends Pakistan fisherman off Gujarat coast; seizes boat from Kutch creek

Kutch: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday apprehended a Pakistani fisherman and seized his boat from the Harami Nala creek area along the India-Pakistan border in Gujarat's Kutch district, a senior official said.

The Pakistani national has been identified as Sartaj Ibrahim, a resident Badin district of the Sindh province of the neighbouring country, the official added.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Ibrahim was apprehended by a BSF patrolling party when he was allegedly fishing "well inside" the Indian territory in the Harami Nala creek area along the border this morning, he added.

Given the sensitive nature of the area, even Indian fishermen are barred from fishing in the creek. However, Pakistani fishermen often venture into the Indian waters for a catch, the official said.

Last month, the BSF had apprehended five Pakistani fishermen and seized 21 of their boats from the same area.

In a related development, the Indian Coast Guard, which has been keeping surveillance near the maritime boundary off the Gujarat coast near Kutch following the capture of several Indian fishermen by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency in recent years, managed to free an Indian fishing boat.

According to a release by the Defence PRO for Gujarat, the incident took place on October 27, when the Coast Guard Ship 'Ankit' located a Gujarat-registered boat 'Al Sha Asht Husen' near the IMBL.

"The boat was reportedly in the custody of a Pakistan MSA ship. On continuous persuasion, the Pakistani counterparts released the boat with warning," it said

As the boat had crossed into Pakistan waters, the Coast Guard seized its documents for legal action, the release added.

In another development, Coast Guard rescued nine fishermen stranded in the mid sea off Pipavav port in Amreli district on October 28, said the release.

Nine fishermen on board a boat took shelter on a vessel after their boat sunk near Shiyal Bet island near Pipavav, it added.

All of them were rescued by the Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-419 and handed them over to the nearest marine police station, said the release.

Updated Date: Oct 30, 2017 22:24 PM

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