Indian fishermen arrested for illegally crossing over to Pakistan territorial waters
New Delhi: Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency has arrested 55 Indians for allegedly crossing territorial water boundaries, reported news agency PTI.
Reports suggested that nine Indian fishing boats were also seized by the PMSA during a four-day operation – between Wednesday and Saturday – in the Arabian Sea, confirmed officials from the neighbouring country.
A Pak official also confirmed that the PMSA deployed speedboats to intercept fishermen, who crossed over illegally to Pakistan’s territorial waters.
“The fishermen, after initial investigations, have been handed over to the Docks police,” he said. All the arrested fishermen will now be produced in front of a judicial magistrate.
This, however, is a common phenomenon, and fishermen from Pakistan have also been arrested by Indian Coast Guard officials for crossing over illegally.
One of the main reasons why this problem occurs is the fact that the Arabian Sea does not have a specifically defined marine border. Further, the boats used by fishermen are not equipped with the technology to avoid such episodes.
More than 60 Indian fishermen were released by Pakistan on October 29 from Malir Jail as a gesture of goodwill. Between December 2016 and January 2017, Pakistan officials have released more than 438 Indian fishermen.
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