Twenty-four fishermen, who were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel on June 5 when they were fishing near Katchathivu islet, arrived here on Friday after a court in the island nation ordered their release.

Coast Guard officials, who received them at the International Maritime Boundary line, later handed them over to Indian authorities, officials said.

The fishermen arrived here along with their five boats.

The court in Mannar ordered their release on July 3, officials said.

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