Assistant Director of Fisheries J Nabiraj said they were released on May 23 and arrived at nearby Muttom yesterday in their two boats, which were also freed. However, their fishing material, wireless instruments and GPS were not released, he said.

Nabiraj said the Central and state government had intervened to secure their release.

Twenty one of the fishermen are from Kanyakumari district and two from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

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