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Coast Guard nets 21 Pakistani anglers off Guj coast

March 09, 2013 16:31 IST

The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 21 Pakistani fishermen off Jakhau coast in Gujarat for illegally intruding into Indian waters and seized three fishing trawlers, an official said on Saturday.

"The Indian Coast Guard interceptor boat 'Meera Vahan', on the forward area patrolling, apprehended three Pakistani fishing boats -- Al Haram, Al-Ali and Al-Ghous -- along with 21 crew members, off Jakhau coast in Kutch last night while they were fishing in Indian waters", a Coast Guard official said.

He said the Pakistani anglers and the seized trawlers were brought to Okha on Saturday and handed over to Marine police, where they are being quizzed by the state and Central intelligence agencies at the joint interrogation centre.

In separate operations last month, 37 Pakistani fishermen had been arrested and their four boats seized by the Border Security Force and Coast Guard near Padala creek off Kutch district and off Mitha Port, respectively, for crossing the Indian maritime boundary.

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