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Pak marines open fire on Indian fishermen; seize 10 boats

April 27, 2012 21:32 IST
Pakistan marine personnel allegedly opened fire on Indian fishermen, injuring one of them, near the international maritime border off Jakhau in Gujarat on Thursday night, and apprehended 10 Indian fishing boats on Friday morning in another incident.

Four boats were set free later but it was not clear how many fishermen were in captivity.

"Daya Bhai, one of the six fishermen on board the vessel Sagar Bhuja sustained bullet injuries when Pakistan marine security agency personnel opened indiscriminate fire on them late on Thursday night while they were fishing in international sea," a marine police official said in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

The vessel is from Porbandar. The injured fisherman has been admitted to a hospital in Okha.

In another incident, "the Pakistan maritime security agency personnel on Friday morning apprehended 14 fishing boats from near the international maritime border in Arabian sea off Jakhau coast...four boats were set free by them (later) with a few fishermen on board," said Manish Lodhari, secretary, National Fish Worker Forum. The boats were from Okha, Porbandar and Mangrol. "I am not aware how many fishermen were on board these fishing boats," he said.

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