Gujarat Fishermen Who Entered Pak Waters Freed From Jail, Return To India

The fishermen had been arrested for allegedly entering the neighbouring country's waters.

Gujarat Fishermen Who Entered Pak Waters Freed From Jail, Return To India

The fishermen returned to India through the Wagah Border in Amritsar yesterday. (Representational)

Vadodra:

Two fishermen from Gujarat, who were in a Pakistan jail, have been released and are on their way home, a state government official said today.

The fishermen- Danabhai Arjanbhai Chauhan from Paldi in Una tehsil of Gir Somnath district and Ramabhai Gohil from Kanzotar in Sutrapada tehsil in Saurashtra- were released from Pakistan prison yesterday evening.

"Pakistan rangers handed over both these fishermen to the Border Security Force at Wagah border last evening. Thereafter, Amritsar District Collector got them admitted to a city-based hospital for treatment," Kiran Dave, an official of the state fisheries department, said.

"We received the two fishermen at midnight in Amritsar after completing all the formalities. Considering their health condition, we decided to fly them back to Gujarat. They will reach Gujarat by around 3.30 pm today," he added.

While Mr Chauhan is suffering from cancer, Mr Gohil had a paralysis attack while in prison. Mr Chauhan was apprehended by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency for allegedly entering the neighbouring country's waters on May 3, 2017 while Mr Gohil was nabbed earlier, on March 4, 2017.

The External Affairs Ministry had informed the Commissioner of Fisheries, Gujarat, about their imminent release. The ministry had asked the commissioner to make arrangements for their transport back to the state.

Talking to news agency PTI over phone from Amritsar, Mr Chauhan said, "Both of us were kept in a separate cell in a Karachi jail in Pakistan and did not get the required medical help. Despite my serious illness, I was asked to do the tasks like watering a garden and cleaning utensils."

"Now, I am very happy and delighted to be back in my country," he said and thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for his release.

Mr Chauhan's wife Rudiben Chauhan had written to Ms Swaraj last month, seeking help to bring back her ailing husband.
 

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