Jammu: The Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an outrage on Sunday whenPakistan Rangers resorted to indiscriminate shelling and firing targeting over a dozen villages and Border Security Force outposts along the international border.
“Pakistan Rangers are using mortar shells and heavy weapons to target over a dozen villages and BSF outposts along the border in Samba district,” a senior police officer told reporters.
“The targeted outposts include Khoada, Mangu Chak, Ragal, Challyarian, SP 4 and Malu Chak in Ramgarh sector. The BSF gave an effective response and heavy shelling and firing was still on,” he said.
Pakistan released seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail
Yesterday the 78 prisoners were handed over by Pakistan to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border in a goodwill gesture
The Indian fishermen were arrested when their boats ended up in Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where they were surrounded and later caught by the coast guards
Amritsar, July 11, 2017: Pakistan released seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail and allowed them to return to India.
Yesterday the 78 prisoners were handed over by Pakistan to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border in a goodwill gesture. They crossed over to India using the land transit route on the basis of Emergency Travel Certificates issued by the Indian High Commission based at Islamabad.
Last year in May, the Indian fishermen were arrested when their boats ended up in Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where they were surrounded and later caught by the coast guards, mentioned PTI report.
A team of Indian doctors conducted medical check-ups immediately after the repatriation of the released civilians, officials posted at Attari Border on the Indian side stated yesterday.
It was an emotional homecoming for the group. The moment they crossed over to their motherland, they expressed happiness and gratitude by bowing their heads and kissing the Indian soil.
However, an expression of anxiety was reflected by the faces of the fishermen when they talked about their uncertain future as their boats still remain in the custody of Pakistan, mentioned the PTI report.
The cost of a boat usually varies from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, depending on its size and quality. Most of the fishermen added that they were already debt-ridden before their arrest as they purchased the boats with the help of loans. Now their current situation would make them jobless.
According to the fishermen, identifying the territorial waters and borders during fishing in the Arabian sea was difficult.
There have been frequent cases where Fishermen have been taken under arrest along with their boats by both India and Pakistan. The reasons behind that are nothing but the poorly defined maritime border in the Arabian Sea and the lack of needed technology to ascertain their precise location in the boats used.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang