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Group of 74 fishermen released by Pakistan reach Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

The first batch of 74 fishermen out of the 147 released by arrived today at in the state's Girsomnath district.

Joyous scenes accompanied their arrival at the premises of the in with near and dear ones embracing them and giving them a traditional welcome.

"I am so happy to be with my family and in my country," said of Velan village in Girsomnath's Una tehsil.

"I am looking forward to celebrating the festival of kites on January 14," said of Kob village in Kodinar tehsil.

The fishermen had left from at midnight after their arrival from Amritsar, officials said.

The fishermen were arrested by Pakistani authorities for straying into its territorial waters in March last year. They had been released by the neighbouring country on January 8.

The remaining 73 fishermen released by are expected to reach later tonight, said officials.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:45 IST