482 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistan-jails, 18 in Lanka: MEALast updated on Dec 12, 2018, 05:26 pm
A total of 500 Indian fishermen are languishing in various jails of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Lok Sabha was told today.
Altogether 482 fishermen are languishing in Pakistani jails while 18 are in custody in Sri Lanka, Minister of State at the External Affairs Ministry, V K Singh said.
However, he clarified that Pakistan has acknowledged custody of only 391 Indian fishermen.
SL released 214 Indian-fishermen while Pakistan released 174 this year
Singh also said as many as 174 Indian fishermen were released by Pakistan this year while 214 fishermen were set free by Sri Lanka.
Pakistan has also seized 1,050 boats while 10 boats are in SL custody, he added.
Pakistan and India regularly arrest each other's fishermen who inadvertently enter into their waters due to the absence of proper technology to confirm the coastline-border.