October 6, 2016 12:00:52 am
Days after the Indian Coast Guard apprehended a Pakistani boat and its crew off the Gujarat coast, another fishing boat and its nine occupants — all Pakistani nationals — were apprehended by the BSF near the Sir Creek area in Kutch Wednesday.
“The nine Pakistani nationals apprehended from the boat are being questioned. Apart from fishing equipment, nothing objectionable has been recovered,” BSF sources said.
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The Pakistani boat was caught at 9 am when a patrol party of Bhuj Battalion noticed an engine-powered wooden boat, fishing in Indian waters. The Pakistani nationals were challenged and subsequently apprehended near boundary pillar G-43. “The BSF apprehended the boat at around 9 am on Wednesday from Chouhan Nala. They have been brought to the shore with their boat and BSF officers are questioning them. They are likely to be handed over to Kutch police soon,” a top officer of Kutch West police told The Indian Express. On questioning, the nine men in the boat identified themselves as Pakistani nationals, BSF officials said.
According to BSF, “one engine fitted wooden boat, jerrycans of fuel and water and fishing implements with some catch of crabs” were recovered.
This is the third such incident within a week and comes during heightened vigil along the India-Pakistan border after the surgical strikes.
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