STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Repatriated Indian Fishermen Allege Ill-treatment in Pakistan Jail

86 fishermen released from a Pakistani prison accused the jail authorities of ill-treatment and blamed them for the death of two of their compatriots lodged in the same prison.

Published: 12th March 2016 01:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th March 2016 01:45 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

VADODARA: The 86 fishermen, who were released from a Pakistani prison on Sunday, have accused the jail authorities of ill-treatment and blamed them for the death of two of their compatriots who were lodged in the same prison.

"Two fishermen, identified as Vaaga Chauhan, a resident of Dandi village, and Ratandas Makwana, a resident of Nanavada village, who were our co-prisoners, died in the (Landhi) jail," Bhupat B, one of the released fishermen, said.

"Chauhan passed away in December last year, while Makwana died in February this year," he said.

Their bodies have not been sent back to India. "We request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the matter with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif," he said.

"A probe should be carried out in the incidents (that led to their death)," he said, and alleged that the fishermen were not given proper medical care.

The 86 fishermen were arrested by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, when they had ventured into their territorial waters in the Sir Creek area about an year ago.

N F Patel, a senior official of the Gujarat Fisheries department, who received the fishermen at the Wagah border, said the repatriation brought back the smiles on the faces of these fishermen, particularly because hours of strandedness and confusion in the journey left them anxious.

Fishermen Umesh Kanti and Shanti, among others who heaved a sigh of relief upon returning to India, recalled the travails they faced during the imprisonment.

They expressed in unison their wish for "the release of fishermen, numbering more than 500, who are still lodged in jails in Pakistan".

The fishermen would arrive in Vadodara at around 11 PM tonight, from where they would leave for Gir Somnath district to reunite with their families tomorrow.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp