Indian Coast Guard Ship Meera Behn, a front line ship of Indian Coast Guard North West Region based at Okha, apprehended a Pakistani Fishing Boat Gulsamal at 34 nautical mile west of Mithaport, inside Indian waters at about 1245 hrs today, official sources said.
Fourteen Pakistan nationals on board were also arrested.
While operating in Indian waters, on sighting Indian Coast Guard Ship, the fishing boat removed her nets and attempted to flee away. ICG ship challenged the boat and had to fire five warning shots in the air to stop the fishing boat. After pursuit for a distance of six nautical miles, the boat was intercepted.
Subsequently, the Coast Guard carried out thorough investigation and rummaging of the boat. Thereafter, the boarding party apprehended the Pakistani fishing boat and arrested 14 crew including master, all of Pakistan nationality, for violation of Maritime Zones of India Act 1981, the sources said.
ICGS Meera Behn along with Pakistani fishing boat will enter designated port Okha tomorrow for further investigation and handing over to the Marine Police. As per the laid down procedures the joint interrogation will be carried out by various agencies for coastal security i.e Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Customs, Marine Police, CIB, SIB and port authority, to rule out any security breach.
Over a past few days, a large number of Indian fishing boats have been apprehended by Pakistan Agency. Analyzing the trend of Indian Fishing Boats apprehension by Pakistan Agency, Indian Coast Guard has intensified patrolling on International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) shared with Pakistan. Earlier this month, ICGS Vijit had apprehended one Pakistan Fishing Boat Alrahimoo in the same area. UNI RAJ PY SB2030 NNNN
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