May 27, 2008 15:39 IST
Ninety-six Indian fishermen, who were released by Pakistan will be reaching Veraval town in Saurashtra where they will reunite with their family members after a gap of two years. The fishermen were arrested by Pakistan for straying across the border.
Though the fishermen were handed over to the Indian authorities at the Wagah border on Saturday, their arrival in Veraval was delayed because of the cancellation of trains in Rajasthan owing to the Gujjar agitation. After spending one night at Amritsar [Images] railway station, they were accommodated in the Paschim Express running between Amritsar and Mumbai and were brought to Bhopal on Monday.
The released fishermen want the continuation of Indo-Pak dialogue as part of the confidence-building measures which will ensure release of the remaining 312 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jails. The fishermen complained that the living conditions in Pakistani jails were very bad, and many of them contracted skin diseases and had no access to medical treatment. The fishermen said they were forced to sleep together in a small barrack housing more than 225 fishermen.
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