The Gujarat government told the Legislative Assembly on Thursday that 345 fishermen of the state are lodged in the jails of neighboring country of Pakistan, of which 248 fishermen have been caught in the last two years. State Fisheries Minister Jawahar Chavda said this in his written reply. He said that as of 31 December 2020, 345 fishermen from Gujarat are lodged in Pakistani jails, out of which 248 fishermen have been caught in the last two years. 85 fishermen were caught in the year 2019 and 163 in the year 2020.
The minister said this in response to the question of Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar. He said that the government is making efforts to get these fishermen released and has submitted the necessary evidence with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In response to a related question, the minister said that the government has given financial assistance of Rs 37.70 lakh to fishermen in Porbandar to install GPS in their boats. Significantly, the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency often catches fishermen from Gujarat when they cross the international maritime boundary while fishing in the Arabian Sea.
Sri Lankan Navy arrested 54 Indian fishermen The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested
at least 54 Indian fishermen on charges of fishing in their waters and seized five of their boats. This information was given on Thursday in an official statement. The Navy on Wednesday arrested the fishermen from the north coast and areas in the northeast.
The Navy said in a statement, “Considering the impact of foreign fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan waters on the local fishermen community and on Sri Lankan fisheries resources, the Navy has been continuously patrolling to curb illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters.” Has been. ”
The Navy seized a large boat of Indian fishermen three nautical miles off the coast of Kovilan in Jaffna, carrying 14 people. The statement said that two more boats were caught at Mannar, seven nautical miles from Pesalai, carrying 20 people. The Navy said that it has informed the Indian authority in the past about such incidents.