On Thursday, hundred Indian fishermen arrived in Gujarat’s Vadodara after being released earlier this week by Pakistan through Attari-Wagah border. These fishermen belong to Veraval region of the state. They got captured by Pakistan coast guard for crossing the international sea borders.
As per reports, they were kept in Karachi jail for over one-and-a-half years and they got released on April 8.
One of the fishermen while talking to the reporters said, “Many of us accidentally cross the border while some go to that side knowingly for catching fish. I was in Pakistan for about 17 months. We were always confined in a particular cell and were never allowed to venture out. We were clearly told to stay in the definite cell for our own safety.”
Another fisherman, Vikram, said, “I was caught accidentally while we were sleeping on the boat. The boat accidentally crossed the border.” They came to Vadodara by train and were received by a team of Fisheries Department.
Ramesh Kumar, the Assistant Director of the Fisheries Department said, “These fishermen were released from Pakistan on April 8. Our team had gone to Amritsar to receive them and brought them here by a train.”
On Tuesday, India sends a note verbale to Pakistan urging the Pakistan government to make necessary arrangements for an immediate release and repatriation of Indian prisoners who had completed their respective prison sentences.
It was declared by Pakistan on April 5, that it will be releasing 360 Indian prisoners who have completed their sentences.