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Fishermen from Porbandar fired at by Pak maritime officials,1 injured


Porbandar: A fisherman from Porbandar was injured after Pakistan Maritime Officials fired at an Indian boat full of fishermen near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

Recently, the Pakistani Maritime Officials had seized several boats from the state and arrested some fishermen after they allegedly crossed the maritime boundary.

The firing incident occurred on Wednesday night and sources said the fishermen were fishing within the Indian Maritime Boundary.

The fishermen were allegedly chased by the Pakistan Maritime security officials and they fired at them. It is not known if the boat suffered any damages or not.

Measures taken by Gujarat to protect fishermen

On Monday Chief Minister Vijay Rupani informed the assembly that 45 fishermen and eight boats from the state were seized by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) on September 15 near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

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Rupani’s answers came concerning a question raised by Congress MLA Punja Vansh. Six of the eight boats were from Porbandar, while two were from Gir Somnath district, the house was told.

The state government has put in place various measures to ensure that Indian fishermen don’t stray into Pakistani waters. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) regularly issues warnings to Gujarat fishermen if they go near the IMBL in search of a better catch.

The Fisheries Department also suspends boat operating licences of erring fishermen who venture into the No Fishing Zone in the Arabian Sea after crossing IMBL.

The state also provides a subsidy of Rs 20,000 to fishermen to instal GPS systems in their boats.
5,000 of the 30,000 registered boats in the state have a GPS and the state has spent Rs9.76 crore on subsidy for the same.

Transponders have been fitted on 440 boats which makes it easier to monitor them.


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