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Pak arrests 52 Indian fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistani authorities have arrested 52 Indian fishermen for allegedly straying into the country's territorial waters, an said today.

The latest batch of Indian fishermen was arrested on Thursday night by the Pakistan Maritime Security Forces, he said.

Eight fishing boats were also seized.

A sent the 52 Indian fishermen to judicial remand, the said.

They will be lodged in the here, he said.

Rajesh, 28, couldn't stop crying as policemen lined up the fishermen to take them to the jail.

"Most of us come from a village in Dandi near coastal area and we didn't know we had strayed into Pakistani territory while fishing at night," he said.

It is neither the first time nor the last time that poor fishermen ended up in jails in both the countries for straying into each other's territorial waters for fishing along the Sir Creek area of in the

Another frail-looking middle-aged man being bundled into the vehicle kept on saying that the governments of both the countries need to do more for the poor fishermen who spend years in jail for no fault.

A guarding the Indian fishermen said that he felt sorry for them as they squatted on the floor in the heat waiting for the long ride to jail.

Yesterday, they were handed over to the station and then made to appear before a who sent them to jail.

These fishermen spend years in jail before any goodwill gesture on part of the government comes as a relief for them.

The last batch of Indian fishermen arrested was on January 20 when 17 of them were sent to the

Since November, the number of Indian fishermen caught for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters has crossed 200.

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First Published: Sat, March 31 2018. 18:45 IST