Deva Rama Baraiya (55), a fisherman from Kotada village in Gujarat's Gir Somnath district, was arrested from the high seas by Pakistani maritime patrolling agencies and put in a Karachi jail on February 2, his family members said.
Pravin Dhansukh Chavda, a cellmate of Baraiya, had written a letter on April 22 to the latter's wife, Labhuben, informing her of her husband's death, Babubhai Somabhai, the sarpanch of Kotada village, said, adding that she received the letter today.
Chavda's letter mentioned that Baraiya had died in the prison on March 4, he added.
PTI is in possession of a copy of the letter written by Chavda in Gujarati.
Gujarat Fishermen Central Cooperative Association Limited president Veljibhai Masani confirmed Baraiya's death and requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to raise the matter with the Pakistani authorities.
He criticised the authorities of the neighbouring country for not informing their Indian counterparts about the fisherman's death in their captivity.
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