2ND LEAD

Mervyn Silva wounded in vehicle accident

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 April 2008, 12:27 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Minister of Labor Mervyn Silva was severely wounded when his vehicle slipped off the road while speeding at Aralaganvila in the Dimbulagala division of Polonnaruwa district in North Central Province Tuesday around 3:20 p.m., Police said. A Pradeshiya Sabha chairman traveling with him was killed and two security persons were wounded. Mervyn Silva, airlifted by the Sri Lanka Air Force is out of danger, medical sources said.

Mervyn Silva, with injuries in his leg, according to the initial reports.

On 27 December, he was attacked by the media staff at the Sri Lankan state-owend SLRC in a spontaneous protest when Mervyn Silva stormed into the station with a group of thugs and attacked a news editor.

Several journalists who were present at the site have been systematically targeted to harassment and attacks since then.


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