2 Gujarat fishermen released by Pakistan being brought back home
Two fishermen from Gujarat, who were languishing in a Pakistan jail, have been released and are on their way home to Vadodara, an official said today. The fishermen - Danabhai Arjanbhai Chauhan from Paldi in Una tehsil of Gir Somnath district and Ramabhai Gohil from Kanzotar in Sutrapada tehsil in Saurashtra - were handed over by Pakistan Rangers to BSF at Wagah Border.
Chauhan suffers from Cancer, Gohil had paralysis attack
"Later, Amritsar District Collector got them admitted to a city-based hospital for treatment," Kiran Dave, an official of Gujarat fisheries department, said. While Chauhan is suffering from cancer, Gohil had an attack of paralysis while in prison. Chauhan was apprehended by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency for allegedly entering the neighboring country's waters on May 3, 2017, while Gohil was nabbed on March 4, 2017.
Chuahan's wife wrote to Swaraj seeking help for husband's release
The External Affairs Ministry had informed the Commissioner of Fisheries, Gujarat, about their imminent release. Chauhan's wife Rudiben Chauhan had written to EAM Sushma Swaraj last month, seeking help to bring back her ailing husband. Gohil, who suffered a paralysis attack, is wheelchair-bound.
Both fishermen kept in different cell
Talking over the phone from Amritsar, Chauhan said, "Both of us were kept in a separate cell in a Karachi jail in Pakistan and did not get the required medical help. Despite my serious illness, I was asked to do tasks like watering a garden and cleaning utensils." "Now, I'm delighted to be back in my country," he said, thanking Swaraj for his release.Share this timeline