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'I was subjected to psychological torture' says deported Tamil Nadu journalist

Tamil Prabhakaran, the Tamil Nadu journalist arrested in Kilinochchi on Christmas Day arrived in Chennai on Saturday after being deported by Sri Lankan authorities.

Prabhakaran told reporters at the airport that he had been psychologically tortured by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID).

Sri Lanka asserted that he was arrested for doing journalistic work, including taking photographs of military installations, and interviewing Tamil politicians. However Prabhakaran denies photographing any military areas, saying he had only taken a few pictures of civil functions which he said "were taken in the presence and knowledge of Lankan authorities and the arrest came much later,”.

Of his experience with the TID, Prabhakaran recounted:

“I was repeatedly interrogated and they kept me in handcuffs throughout my detention period, even when I was sleeping. I was subjected to emotional and psychological torture.”

“I was given petrol when I asked for water and was subjected to several more types of torture that are a clear violation of human rights. I will release proof for this shortly,”

See report by New Indian Express.

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