A lecturer at the London School of Economics, Dr Rajesh Venugopal, was detained by Sri Lankan immigration officers and questioned by police, who allege he violated his visa regulations.

policeDr Venugopal, a British Indian professor in South Asian affairs, travelled to Sri Lanka to attend the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) 13th annual symposium, taking place 1-3 September in Colombo.

However, the police media spokesman has denied media reports which claimed that Dr. Venugopal was detained by the TID soon after his arrival at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport on Sunday.

Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, SSP Ajith Rohana has  said, “He has come to Sri Lanka for a conference  However, he had gone to the Batticaloa area even without informing organisers of the conference. There he has summoned some persons to a place and inquired certain information related to government security forces.”

Dr. Venugopal’s profile on LSE states that he is a lecturer at the  International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies.

‘His primary research interests are in the political sociology of development and violent conflict, particularly with reference to South Asia. He has researched and written on post-conflict reconstruction, nationalism, development aid, private sector development, and liberal peacebuilding. Before joining the LSE, Rajesh was a lecturer at the University of York, and completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford,’ it adds.

Dr. Venugopal, who was released after questioning, is to address the 13th annual CEPA symposium on Post-war Development in Colombo today.

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