100 fishermen Released From Pak Jails Reach City

As Reported by The Times of India

Another batch of nearly 100 fishermen, who were captured by Pakistan and released a couple of days ago, reached Rajkot on Sunday afternoon from where they departed for their respective towns, officials said.

Senior fisheries official VS Mali said earlier a batch of 100 fishermen had come Saturday and now another batch of 100 fishermen has reached here.

Pakistan has decided to release 442 Indian fishermen of which 200 have already been released. Remaining 241 would be released in next one week in two batches, the official said.

One of the fishermen, Babu Rana, said though he had been in fishing business for last two decade, after spending days in Pakistan jail, he has decided to give up fishing. “I am the only earning person in my family and I cannot afford to be in jail. I have decided to give up fishing,” Babu said, adding he would like to work in a farm.

Another fisherman Shamji Koli said he would choose any other business but never go for fishing in future. Most of the fishermen denied being tortured by Pakistan jail authorities but admitted that the quality of food given to them was not up to the mark.

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