Gandhinagar : The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized a Pakistani boat with nine people on board which had intruded into Indian waters from near the Sir Creek area in Kutch district of Gujarat, official sources confirmed here on Wednesday.
Fishing ‘skirmishes’ are a fairly common occurrence in the seas off both Kutch and Sindh with Pakistani marine authorities picking off Indian fishing boats carrying out their main occupation in areas within close proximity to the Indo-Pak maritime boundary and the Indian coastguard repaying the ‘courtesy’ in kind.
However with relations between the two countries tense, the seizure of the suspected Pakistani fishing boat with nine people on board as invited national attention.
The BSF has confirmed seizure of the boat and arrest of the nine persons who are undergoing interrogation to establish their antecedents. It is inordinately high number of people in the wooden boat that has raised suspicions. Small wooden fishing boats do not in the normal course carry a complement of more than four persons, keeping space enough to carry the catch.The BSF authorities confirmed that nothing beyond fishing implements and the fish catch was recovered from the arrested nine. Meanwhile security at major Hindu places of pilgrimage along the Saurashtra-Kutch coast including Somnath, Dwarka, Narayansarovar has been further beefed up with the deployment of commandos drawn from the Gujarat police.