Nine Pakistanis arrested in Kutch

“We had information that some people from across the border were trying to infiltrate into Indian territory. So we conducted a special operation and apprehended nine men,” said a BSF spokesperson. “All of them are middle-aged and arrived in a boat which has been seized.”

Last year, the terrorists who attacked Mumbai, had hijacked an Indian fishing boat near the marshy Creek area which is prone to cross-border intrusion before reaching close to the western metropolis in that boat.

The apprehended men looked like fishermen. Following interrogation, it was found that they were not fishermen, he said.

Arun Kumar Sinha, IG (Gujarat Frontier), said preliminary investigation showed that six of them were engaged in fishing activities, while three were not. “This is a rough weather time... generally people do not venture into this area.”

The nine men are being interrogated by the BSF officials near the Creek area and further details would be available only after the questioning is complete, the spokesperson added. “The statements made by them during the interrogation were contradictory and hence they are being questioned further,” the official said. He however, did not divulge more details.

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