Lanka Police Interrogate TN Journalist
The Sri Lankan Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) is interrogating Tamil Nadu journalist, Tamil Prabhakaran, on charges of violating visa regulations and taking pictures of Lankan army camps in the North Lankan district of Kilinochchi, police spokesperson Ajith Rohana told Express here on Thursday.
The 23-year-old scribe from Junior Vikatan was arrested on Wednesday and detained overnight at the Jayapuram police station in Kilinochchi district. Tamil Prabhakaran was produced before a magistrate and on court orders, was handed over to the TID to be questioned in Colombo, Rohana said.
“The suspect is not a journalist. He was videographing army camps,” the spokesperson said.
According to officials, Prabhakaran had come to Lanka on a visitor or tourist visa but was seen interviewing controversial pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance MP, S Sritharan and going around with him taking pictures of army check points and military establishments. As a tourist visa holder, he could not do any journalistic work or business, the officials said.
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