The department's assistant director, who did not want his name to be quoted, told reporters that 23 fishermen from Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested at Neduntheevu close to the Sri Lankan coast while others were arrested while fishing near Katchatheevu.
    
The Lankan naval men allegedly damaged two boats by forcing them to collide and also ruined 40 fishing nets, he said. The fishermen have been taken to Talaimannar and Kangesanthurai respectively, he said, adding, seven boats were also seized.

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