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The Border Security Force (BSF) has apprehended three more Pakistani fishermen and seized three boats from the Harami Nala creek area, along the Indo- Pak border in Gujarat's Kutch district, an official said today. In a search operation, the BSF had apprehended five fishermen and seized six boats till yesterday. A patrol party of the BSF's 79th battalion apprehended three more fishermen when they were allegedly fishing in the Indian territory in the Harami Nala creek, the official of the Gujarat frontier of the paramilitary force said. The BSF has also seized three more boats, he added. With this, the total number of Pakistani fishermen held by the BSF in the last three days has gone up to eight and the number of boats seized to nine. The BSF had apprehended three Pakistani fishermen during a routine petrolling on Thursday.
Yesterday, they had apprehended two more from the Harami Nala area. The operation was still going on, the official said. Given the sensitive nature of the area, even Indian fishermen are barred from fishing in the creek. However, Pakistani fishermen from the coastal areas of Sindh often venture into the Indian waters for a catch. Several Pakistani fishermen were caught and their boats seized in the past while they were fishing on the Indian side of the creek. In September, the BSF had apprehended five Pakistani fishermen and seized 21 boats from the area.
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