Pakistan releases 100 Indian fishermen

Vadodara: A Hundred Indian fishermen holed up in Pakistan”>Pakistani jail arrived here on Thursday after being released through Attari-Wagah border earlier this week.

These fishermen are from the state’s Veraval region and were caught by Pakistan”>Pakistan coast guard for crossing the international sea borders.

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

Speaking to ANI, one of the fishermen said, “Many of us accidentally cross the border while some go to that side knowingly for catching fishes. I was in Pakistan”>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 fishermanVikram said, “I was caught accidentally while we were sleeping on over boat. The boat had accidentally crossed inside their border.”

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

Ramesh Kumar, Assistant Director, Fisheries Department said, “These were released from Pakistan”>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”>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”>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.