Six fishermen rescued, one missing after Pakistani forces sink Indian fishing boat near Gujarat port; New Delhi lodges protest

New Delhi: The Pakistani maritime agency fired on an Indian fishing boat with seven persons on board and sank it on 17 January, following which India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the incident, official sources said Tuesday.

Six fishermen rescued, one missing after Pakistani forces sink Indian fishing boat near Gujarat port; New Delhi lodges protest

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Six Indian fishermen on board the boat 'Sudama Puri' were rescued by Indian Coast Guard while one fisherman was missing after the incident which occurred 64 nautical miles south-west off Mitha Port in Gujarat, they said.

In a note verbale issued on 19 January, India condemned in the strongest terms the "deplorable and unprofessional act" by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) of firing at a fishing vessel and later ramming and sinking it, the sources said. India also asked Pakistani authorities to investigate the "heinous act" and instruct its forces to desist from such acts immediately, they said.

"Such acts are in contravention of all international laws, conventions and the established humanitarian norms and practices," the communication read. The incident took place at around 7 am on 17 January, the sources said.

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 22:43:20 IST

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