For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi and a group of people have been attacked in Jaffna town today evening by a group of Sinhala speaking people who appear to be from security forces. Mr. Handunneththi has received an injury on his head due to the attack. The attack had taken place at the residence of former Parliamentarian Padmini Vidambaranathan in Jaffna town.
Mr. Handunneththi had reached Jaffna today evening to participate at a campaign organized by the ‘People’s Movement for Democracy’ to be held tomorrow to get signatures to a banner demanding the government to reveal the names of those who are detained. Mr. Handunneththi had visited the residence of former Parliamentarian Padmini Vidambaranathan to discuss the current political situation in Jaffna. Several people’s representatives in Jaffna including the husband of the former Parliamentarian had participated at the discussion.
As soon as the discussion commenced the group of goons had broken into the place and had attempted to abduct JVP candidate for Jaffna District for the general election Lalith Kumar. When Mr. Handunneththi objected to this act the goons had attacked him. In the attack journalist Priyanthe Liyanage, who had been there to report the discussion and Lalith Kumar too received injuries on their heads. The vehicle travelled by Mr. Handunneththi too had been badly damaged by the goons. A complaint regarding the incident has been lodged at Jaffna police.
JVP Parliamentarian for Colombo District Sunil Handunneththi has been admitted to hospital. Mr. Handunneththi’s head has been injured in the attack.
JVP candidate for Jaffna District at the general election Lalith Kumar and journalist Priyanthe Liyanage too have been admitted to hospital with injuries sustained in the thug attack.