Rambahi Vala, who hailed from Junagadh district in Gujarat, was employed on a trawler called Rita Sagar. Last November, the boat was taken into custody by Pakistani authorities, and the fishermen were taken to Karachi jail. He had hepatitis and suffered a heart attack. Mr. Vala was undergoing treatment at the Karachi civil hospital, where he died during treatment.

Body of the 60 year old fisherman was given to Gujarat Fisheries authorities, and then taken to his family in Gujarat in an ambulance, nearly 42 days after his demise. It was a long wait for Mr. Vala’s family, who had appealed to authorities that they wanted to perform his last rites in Gujarat.