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100 Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistan released

They were kept in Karachi jail for over one and a half year before being released on April 8.

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Vadodara Published on: April 12, 2019 9:48 IST
Pakistan released 100 Indian fishermen 
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Pakistan released 100 Indian fishermen 

A Hundered Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistan arrived Vadodara on Thursday after being released through Attari-Wagah border earlier this week.

The fishermen caught by Pakistan coast guard for crossing the international sea borders, are from the state's Veraval region.

They were kept in Karachi jail for over one and a half year before being released on April 8.

"Many of us accidentally cross the border while some go to that side knowingly for catching fishes. 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", one of the fishermen told ANI.

"I was caught accidentally while we were sleeping on over boat. The boat had accidentally crossed inside their border", said another fisherman Vikram. 

The state fisheries department brought the fishermen to Vadodara through train from Amritsar.

Ramesh Kumar, Assistant Director, Fisheries Department said, "These were released from Pakistan on April 8. Our team had gone to Amritsar to receive them and have brought them here through a train."

On April 5, Pakistan had announced that it will be releasing 360 Indian prisoners upon completion of their sentences, starting April 8.

The decision comes after India sent a note verbale to Pakistan on Tuesday, urging it to make necessary arrangements for an immediate release and repatriation of Indian prisoners who had completed their respective prison sentences.

(With ANI Inputs)

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