Sri Lanka deports arrested Indian journalist

After the questioning,all footage shot by Prabakaran was deleted.

Written by PTI | Colombo | Published: December 29, 2013 12:26:43 am

An indian journalist,arrested in Sri Lanka while filming military installations in a former LTTE stronghold without media credentials,was deported Saturday.

Thamil Prabakaran,a 24-year-old Tamil Nadu resident,was deported Saturday evening,police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. “He was sent back on the Chennai flight which left at 6.40 pm (local time),” Rohana said.

Prabakaran was earlier handed over to immigration authorities after being questioned by the police’s Terrorism Investigation Division.

After the questioning,all footage shot by Prabakaran was deleted. “As such,there was no reason for him to be prosecuted,” Rohana said.

Authorities claimed the arrest had thwarted a plot to “carry out disinformation against the country”.

The man,purportedly attached to the Tamil Nadu publication ‘Junior Vikatan’,was arrested in the former LTTE nerve centre of Kilinochchi in the north on Wednesday.

He had shot film of a military camp,a road and buildings devastated during the ethnic war.

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