According to government sources, some 350 fishermen have been arrested and 52 fishing trawlers seized by Sri Lankan navy, while Pakistan's MSA has arrested 239 Indian fishermen and impounded 35 fishing boats. Bangladesh has 56 and Burma six Indian fishermen in its custody.

In a majority of these cases Indian fishermen ventured into the waters or the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the neighbouring countries, which led their maritime security agencies to take action against them.

October alone saw over 60 fishermen being arrested by Sri Lankan navy and Pakistan's Martime Security agency. September and October witnessed two incidents where Indian fishermen were attacked by MSA after they ventured into Pakistani waters, resulting in a fatality.

The Indian Coast Guard issued a fresh advisory to the Gujarat government recently warning them not to wander in the 'no-fishing' zone.

The advisory came against backdrop of the killing of a 40-year-old fisherman who had ventured 10 nautical miles inside Pakistani waters and was shot dead on September 18. On October 15 another fisherman was injured when his boat was in Pakistani waters. The injured fisherman, identified as Dhanji Bamaniya, was let off on humanitarian grounds along with five others who sailed back to Jakhau coast some time back.

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