Pakistan Marine Security Agency has captured two boats carrying 12 Indian fishermen off Gujarat coast in Arabian Sea, reports claimed on Sunday.
According to sources, the capturing of two Indian boats is seen as a move taken by the Pakistani authorities in retaliation to the tracking and intercepting of a fishing boat from Pakistan off the Gujarat coast on New Year’s eve by the Indian Coast Guard.
Meanwhile, a search is underway for the wreckage of the mysterious boat and bodies of its four occupants, which will be crucial for investigators to reach a conclusion about their intent.
The Coast Guard has also stepped up patrolling and aerial surveillance along the Gujarat maritime border in view of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and Vibrant Gujarat events, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several foreign leaders next week (rpt) next week.
A search operation is on for the bodies of the crew members and wreckage of the vessel, Coast Guard Commander (North-West Region) Kuldip Singh Sheoran told reporters here on Saturday.