Pakistani Guards Fire At Indian Fishers: 1 Injured, 24 Captured

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One Indian fisherman from Gujarat has been injured in Pakistani firing, today, near the International Maritime Boundary Line, off the coast of Gujarat. The Pakistani Maritime Security Agency also, reportedly, captured other Indian fishermen, and seized four boats.

According to the report, the MSA,  later, released the injured fisherman on humanitarian grounds, along with five others, who then sailed back to the Jakhau coast. The injured fisherman has been identified as Dhanji Bamaniya.

National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) Secretary, Manish Lodhari, said, Bamaniya is a  resident of the Union Territory of Diu. He was hit on his arm in a firing that took place during the afternoon.

“Showing some mercy on the injured fisherman, the Pakistan MSA allowed him to sail back to Gujarat with five other fishermen who were on board the ‘Surya Kiran’ boat. Bamaniya and others ventured into the sea on October 7 from Mangrol,” he said.

Lohari said, the incident occurred as the MSA fired some rounds on their boat as a “warning”; this resulted in injuries to Bamaniya. “He was hit on his arm. Luckily, he is out of danger and admitted to a hospital in Bhuj,” Lodhari added.

After the six fishermen were allowed to go, they contacted the Indian Coast Guard, who helped them guide their boat safely back to the coast, Lohari said.

24 fishermen, however, are still in captivity of MSA, and they were taken to Karachi during afternoon. “Though one boat and 6 fishermen were allowed to go, the MSA has captured 24 of our fishermen and seized four of their boats and took them to Karachi port.”

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