Ahmedabad:  Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) apprehended 42 Indian fishermen and their seven boats near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast today, an official of the Fishworkers Forum said on monday.

“Pakistani security agency MSA apprehended seven boats carrying 42 fishermen today near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian sea,” National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) secretary Manish Lodhari told PTI here.

Indian boats drifted into Pakistani waters by mistake due to strong winds caused by the severe cyclonic storm ‘Nilofar’ which has emearged in the Arabian Sea, Lodhari said.

Lodhari said that there is a possibility that some boats are still trapped in the stormy winds and may fall into
the hands of Pakistani authorities.

Five of the boats are from Porbandar while one each are from Okha and Mangrol towns of the state, Lodhari said. It is the third major incident of Indian boats being apprehended by the Pakistani security agency, Lodhari said.

Earlier on October 2, the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) had apprehended 55 fishermen along with their eight boats near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast, he said.

Last month, Pakistan MSA had apprehended 27 fishermen along with their five boats off the Gujarat coast, Lodhari said.