Pakistan arrests 52 Indian fishermen for straying into its territorial waters | world news

Indian fisherman sit in a police lockup in Karachi on March 26, 2017 after they were arrested by Pakistan coast guards.

Pakistani authorities have arrested 52 Indian fishermen for allegedly straying into the nation’s territorial waters, an official mentioned on Saturday.

The most recent batch of Indian fishermen was arrested on Thursday night time by the Pakistan Maritime Safety Forces, he mentioned.

Eight fishing boats have been additionally seized.

A judicial Justice of the Peace despatched the 52 Indian fishermen to judicial remand, the official mentioned.

They are going to be lodged within the Malir jail in Karachi, he mentioned.

Rajesh, 28, couldn’t cease crying as policemen lined up the fishermen to take them to the jail.

“Most of us come from a village in Dandi close to Gujarat coastal space and we didn’t know we had strayed into Pakistani territory whereas fishing at night time,” he mentioned.

One other frail-looking middle-aged man being bundled into the car stored on saying that the governments of each the nations must do extra for the poor fishermen who spend years in jail for no fault.

Fishermen from each nations are continuously arrested for straying into one another’s territorial waters whereas fishing alongside the Sir Creek space of Gujarat within the Arabian sea.

A constable guarding the Indian fishermen mentioned that he felt sorry for them as they squatted on the ground within the warmth ready for the lengthy experience to jail.

On Friday, they have been handed over to the Docks police station after which made to look earlier than a judicial Justice of the Peace who despatched them to jail.

These fishermen spend years in jail earlier than any goodwill gesture on a part of the federal government comes as a aid for them.

The final batch of Indian fishermen arrested was on January 20 when 17 of them have been despatched to the Landhi jail.

Since November, the variety of Indian fishermen caught for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters has crossed 200.

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