As many as 113 Indian fishermen, apprehended by Pakistan in the couple of years, arrived in India.
They were released from jails as a goodwill gesture by Pakistan, during the holy month of Ramadan.
They arrived at Vadodara from Amritsar on 22 June night and left for their respective villages the same night.
Vadodara Mayor Bharat Shah was present to receive the fishermen goup. He hoped the remaining 361 fishermen still languishing in Pakistani jails would be freed soon with the efforts of Gujarat Fishermen Association and central and state governments.
The fishermen hail from Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Vanakbara, Mangrol, Kodinar, Daman and Diu and few from Uttar Pradesh.
One of the fishermen, Bhagwan Babubhai on arriving at Wagah border said, “I broke into tears after on steeping into Indian territory.”
Another fisherman Kamlesh said, “As soon as we saw the Indian tricolour at the Indo-Pak border, we started crying. We were given a warm welcome at the border.”
Meanwhile, India on 21 June released 88 Pakistani fishermen. Indian and Pakistani fishermen are often held by marine security personnel for allegedly crossing into each others’ territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.