Protest in Batticaloa over assault on reporter

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 November 2001, 12:13 GMT]
More than 150 journalists, social activists, parents and workers demonstrated in Batticaloa Friday to protest against officials of the Department of Education for assaulting a reporter from the ëThinakathirí, the Tamil daily published in the eastern town.

The reporter, Mr. Lakshmanan Theva Athiran, was abused and assaulted by two officials at the Department of Education in Batticaloa where he had gone on 2 November to investigate allegations about misappropriation of Year Five scholarship funds. The two officials are associates and supporters of a powerful ruling party politician in Batticaloa, media sources in Batticaloa said.

The editor of Thinakathir, Mr. K. Rushangan said that a complaint was lodged with the Police on 2 November, soon after the assault on the reporter and that the Police called for an inquiry on 6 November. However, on the date of the inquiry the Batticaloa Police had told the Thinakathir that they (the Police) could not proceed on the case.

The Thinakathir complained to the Police that Mr. K. Kurukulasinghan Assistant Director of Education and Mr. S. Sivanesarajah, the accountant of the Department of Education in Batticaloa had abused and assaulted its office reporter, Mr. Theva Athiran on 2 November.

Several journalists, the President of the Batticaloa auto rickshaw union and representatives of the TULF, TELO, UNP and the EPDP addressed a protest meet in the town after the demonstration.

thinakathir_091101.jpg
(Photo: TamilNet)

 

Latest 15 Reports
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6448