BSF arrests 6 Pakistani nationals during search operation in Bhuj
Officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday arrested at least six Pakistani nationals from the Harami Nalla area in Bhuj, Gujarat. This comes a day after the force had talked about the intrusion of Pakistani fishing boats and fishermen in the creek area. It said a search operation had been launched to apprehend the intruders.
Pakistani boats spotted during drone surveillance
According to statements from the BSF, its Bhuj unit had spotted Pakistani boats during routine drone surveillance of the Harami Nalla area. It then deployed its specialized unit of Creek Crocodile Commandos. BSF said that three groups of commandos were airdropped from Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters from three separate locations to nab the intruders.
BSF posts pictures of seized boats
11 boats seized by BSF so far
Reportedly, the commandos had seized eight boats on Wednesday while three more were recovered on Thursday. Officials are continuing the search operation, which has been ongoing for over 30 hours now. Meanwhile, GS Malik, the Inspector General of BSF Gujarat Frontier, has reportedly reached Kutch from Gandhinagar to supervise the search operation in the creek area.
BSF official issues statement
"We have deployed our Creek Crocodile Commandos...The commandos are part of a specialized unit of the BSF for patrolling and operational duties in the creek areas of the Rann of Kutch," an official told news agency ANI. "Extreme marshy areas, mangroves and tidal waters are making the task of the troops challenging. The operation is in progress (sic)," the officer added.