Six Indian prisoners out of which 5 of them had been fishermen have died in Pakistani custody. They completed their sentences however were illegally detained by way of Pakistan, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Friday stated six Indian prisoners, together with 5 fishermen, have died within the Pakistani custody within the final nine months, describing the incidents as “alarming”.

“There have been an increasing number of deaths of fishermen in recent times. Six Indian prisoners out of which 5 of them were fishermen have died in Pakistani custody. They finished their sentences but have been illegally detained with the aid of Pakistan,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated at a media briefing.

“These incidents are alarming. The count number has been raised by way of our high commission in Islamabad. Pakistan is responsibility sure to hold the safety and protection of Indian prisoners,” Bagchi delivered.

The MEA’s declaration comes on an afternoon Pakistani authorities claimed to have stored the lives of six Indian fishermen from drowning near the international maritime boundary line among the two neighbouring countries.

The incident befell on Thursday while a ship of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) turned into patrolling inside the Eastern maritime place and found six Indian fishermen within the water, news enterprise PTI pronounced.

“A rescue operation was released immediately and all crew members of the Indian fishing boat were thoroughly recovered,” a declaration from the PMSA stated.

Later, the rescued fishermen had been handed over to an Indian Coast Guard ship operating within the vicinity, the statement stated.

In January, a 50-12 months-antique fisherman from Gujarat, who turned into apprehended with the aid of Pakistani authorities a year ago on excessive seas, died in a jail in that united states because of unknown reasons. The deceased turned into identified as Jayanti Solanki, a resident of Sutrapada village inside the Gir-Somnath district.

In July, Kalu Shiyal, a fisherman from Garal in Una taluka of Gir Somnath district, died in a Pakistan prison. The mortal stays of 38-year-vintage Shiyal have been exceeded over to Indian authorities on the Wagah border. Shiyal was stuck by means of Pakistan Marine Security Agency in June 2018 for allegedly crossing over to the Pakistan aspect of the notional global maritime boundary line off Kutch coast at the same time as fishing on board Ganga Sagar, a fishing trawler belonging to Nilesh Panjari of Porbandar. He turned into lodged in a Karachi jail because and died on July 6 because of infection.

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