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24 fishermen from Gujarat held by Pakistan maritime agency

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The (PMSA) today apprehended nearly 24 Indian fishermen from in the Arabian Sea, said a

"We have learnt that around 24 fishermen, who set sail from in four days ago, were apprehended by the near the international maritime border," said Manish Lodhari, the of Porbandar-based

The also seized three to four boats of the fishermen, Lodhari said.

He said the Pakistani authorities were yet to confirm the exact number of fishermen apprehended and the number of boats seized by the

In February this year, the had arrested 42 fishermen from and had seized their eight boats.

Earlier in January, the PMSA had arrested 17 fishermen for allegedly fishing illegally in Pakistan's territorial waters.

In a goodwill gesture, had in December 2017 and January this year, had released 292 Indian fishermen, imprisoned there.

As per Lodhari, the PMSA had apprehended about 400 fishermen and seized around 65 of their boats last year.

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First Published: Wed, March 28 2018. 15:15 IST