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Body of Guj fisherman who died in Pak jail to be brought back

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

The is in the process of bringing back the body of a from Gujarat, who died in a jail in March this year, a top state said.

The has completed all the necessary paper-work and formalities to bring back the body, the added.

(55), a from Kotada village in Gujarat's district, was arrested from the high seas by the Pakistani maritime patrolling agencies and put in a Karachi jail on February 2.

Pravin Dhansukh Chavda, a cellmate of Baraiya, had written a letter to Baraiya's family on April 22 informing about his death in the prison on March 4, Kotada village sarpanch Babubhai Somabhai had said.

Talking to PTI today, Chief Secretary Dr J N Singh said the government had received a communication from the on June 12, directing it to complete the necessary paperwork to bring back his body.

"Following the ministry's communication, all the necessary paper-work and formalities related to bringing back the body of the deceased have been completed. His body will be brought back to to enable his family to perform the last rites," he said.

The ministry communication said that Baraiya, along with three other fishermen were arrested by the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) from the on February 2 and thereafter lodged in a jail there. The boat in which they were fishing in the sea was also seized by the agency.

The asked the state to respond immediately, so that the "mortals remains of the deceased could be flown back to from at the earliest".

K R Patni, deputy director of the Gujarat Fisheries Department said the government officials were rushed to Kotada village to obtain the consent letter from Kasturben, the dead fisherman's wife, as it is one of the most key requirements to bring back the body.

Baraiya is survived by wife, who works as a maid, and six children. The family is poor and has been distraught since getting the of Baraiya's death, the of Kotada village had said.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 15:50 IST