London School of Economics (LSE) UK lecturer arrested in Sri Lanka.

Rajesh_410px_14_09_01Police have revealed details of a British college lecturer who had sought details on the Sri Lankan Army, violating the Immigration laws of the island.

Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has said that the Controller of Immigration and Emigration has questioned Dr Rajesh Venugopal, a lecturer in International Development and. Humanitarian Emergencies, London School of Economics (LSE) in UK.

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 further to BBC Sandeshaya, SSP Ajith Rohana has further 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 the questioning, is to address the 13th annual CEPA symposium on Post-war Development in Colombo today (September 01).

(Source : BBC Sandeshaya)