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Indian fisherman suffering from cancer in Pak jail, says his

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

An Indian lodged in a Pakistani jail is suffering from cancer, his family said here today while requesting the government to ensure his return home so that he does not die in the neighbouring country.

Rudiben Chauhan, a resident of Paldi area of district of Gujarat, told that her 35-year-old husband has been languishing in the Pakistani jail for over a year.

Chauhan andfive other fishermen from were apprehended by the Maritime Security Agency near the in district on May 3, 2017 for allegedly entering the Pakistani waters. Their boat, "Sagar Sonu", was also seized.

Rudiben said her husband called his nephew from a hospital in three days ago, and said he was suffering from cancer and he must return to for better treatment.

"My husband said he does not want to die in the Pakistani jail," the 32-year-old woman said.

The couple has four daughters and a son.

Rudiben today wrote a letter to Sushma Swaraj, saying it was the responsibility of thejail authorities in to inform the family about her husband's ailment but they failed to do so.

Nor did she receive any communication from the Ministry of External Affairs or the about her husband's condition, she wrote.

"I seek your help for doing the needful," Chauhan said in her letter to Swaraj.

Ever since her husband was captured by the Pakistani authorities, she has been working as a labourer to feed her children, the eldest of whom is 12 years old and the youngest is one and a half years old, she said.

"I earn Rs 100 a day which is not enough to feed my children," she wrote.

member Parimal Nathwani, who hails from district, and Veljibhai Masani, of the Fishermen's Association (GFA), told that they too have written separate letters to the External Affairs Minister, requesting her to bring back Chauhan in view of his health.

According to the GFA, 415 Indian fishermen are in Pakistani jails after being caught for allegedly crossing the international maritime border illegally.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:25 IST