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Ahmedabad: A day before Republic Day, 30 Indian fishermen from Gujarat's Porbandar port, along with five boats, were on Monday captured by the Pakistan Marine Security Agency (PMSA) in the Arabian sea off the Gujarat coast, an official said.
The boats from Porbandar had ventured into high seas for fishing nearly a week ago, National Fish Workers Forum secretary Manish Lodhari told journalists.
Lodhari said the number of captured boats could be more than five.
Initial information said five boats were captured by the Pakistani authorities near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), but the number could be 8-9, with 5-6 fishermen on each boat, Lodhari said, adding that the fish workers agency was trying to confirm this.
On December 20 last year, 10 Indian boats with 68 fishermen were captured by PMSA off the Jakhau port in Saurashta region of Gujarat.
Lodhari said the PMSA had also caught almost a dozen Indian boats with over 60 fishermen in October last year.