Another Pakistani boat with gun seized in Gujarat

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday seized another abandoned Pakistani boat with a gun on board near Harami Nala area in Gujarat’s border district of Kutch.

This 22-km long and 1.5 km wide water channel near India-Pakistan border is generally considered to be a great place by fishermen to catch shrimp and it is just off the Sir Creek area that Pakistani terrorists had captured the Indian fishing boat ‘Kuber’ to attack Mumbai in November 2008.

According to sources, the gun recovered from the boat appears to be a pump gun used in hunting. The boat was captured from Pillar number 1164 and other than the gun and fishing equipment, two mobiles are also learnt to have been recovered. “There were no occupants in the boat, but we are taking no chances and are checking if there has been any intrusion,” BSF sources said.

This is the second seizure of a Pakistani boat by the BSF near the border district in the last two days.  The paramilitary force had on Monday found an abandoned fishing boat from the Sir Creek area.

In November 2015, the BSF found two abandoned boats in the same Harami Nala area. With Tuesday’s seizure, it happens to be the fifth abandoned Pakistani boat seized since November.

Other than abandoned boats, the Indian Coast Guard had earlier this month intercepted a Pakistani fishing boat in Indian maritime waters, about 30 nautical miles west of Jakhau coast and apprehended 11 fishermen.

The seizure came soon after the apex body for various fishermen association in Gujarat, Shree Akhil Gujarat Machhimar Mahamandal (AGMM), had sought ban on fishing in the creek areas due to infiltration concerns from Pakistan through Sir Creek, Kori Creek and other areas of Jakhau coast in Kutch district.

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