The capture comes close after the Pakistani goodwill gesture of releasing 87 indian fishermen.
GANDHINAGAR : A heightened terror alert and security agencies standing by did not prevent the Pakistan Marine Security Agency (PMSA) from capturing five Indian fishing boats with a complement of 30 fishermen off the Gujarat coast on Monday.
National Fishworkers Forum secretary Manish Lodhari said on Monday said that the five boats – two from Okha near Dwarka and three from Porbandar were captured by the PMSA, the Pakistani equivalent of the Indian coast guard from near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Arabian sea off the Jhakhau coast of Kutch bordering Pakistan.
[alert type=”e.g. warning, danger, success, info” title=””]Pak marines have so far captured 57 indian fishing boats with a total of 340 fishermen since October last year.[/alert]
The capture comes close after the Pakistani goodwill gesture of releasing 87 indian fishermen. According to Lodhari, the Pak marines have so far captured 57 indian fishing boats with a total of 340 fishermen since October last year. The latest capture comes within a day of Indian security agencies going on a heightened alert following intelligence input that 8 to 10 fidayeen had slipped into Gujarat with evil intent. Acting on the input NSG teams were dispatched to the state and kept in readiness for short notice deployment. Even as investigations into the discovery of an abandoned boat in the Sir Creek area of Kutch by a BSF patrol continues with information of police raids in various parts of Kutch, there was no let up in the fervor of the religious minded in the heavy rush witnessed as temples devoted to Lord Shiva. Despite cancellation of numerous celebrations at the Somnath temple,the rush for darshan remained undiminished.” There is no cause for alarm, adequate security measures are in place”, official sources said.