The Gujarat police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 20-25 Pakistan Navy personnel who allegedly kidnapped and attempted to kill seven Indian fishermen in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Gujarat, an official said on Sunday.
According to the FIR, the incident took place around 5 pm on October 6 when seven crew members of an Indian vessel named Harsidhi were fishing in Indian waters off the coast of Jachau.
It was said that 20 to 25 uniformed boats of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency PMSA BARKAT 1060 started firing indiscriminately at the Indian vessel. They destroyed and sank the ship, kidnapped the fishermen and took them on board.
The fishermen were hit by the wood, as a result of which they were injured. The accused additionally recorded the video footage of the fishermen and after threatening them, put them to work, the FIR stated.
Porbandar Superintendent of Police Ravi Mohan Saini said the fishermen were rescued by an Indian Coast Guard vessel on Friday and taken to Jachau port in Gujarat’s Kutch district.
He mentioned that the FIR was lodged in Jachau and transferred to Navibandar, a police station in Porbandar district, which has territorial jurisdiction 12 nautical miles from the Gujarat coast.
A case has been registered against the accused under sections 307 (attempt and murder), 365 (kidnapping), 427 (causing hurt), 324 (willfully causing hurt) and 506 (1) of the Indian Penal Code, according to the FIR.
Saini mentioned. “The Indian ship has sunk in a collision and we do not have GPS (Global Positioning System) to find out its coordinates. Based on the complaint of one of the fishermen, an FIR has been registered in the attempted murder and kidnapping departments.” “As of now, we do not have more details than the one presented by the complaining fisherman. The sub-inspector of our Special Operations Group is investigating the case,” he said.