For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
TamilNet, Sunday, 12 December 2010,
An unidentified three person gang attacked a Tamil journalist Manikkapody Sasikumar, 35, in Batticaloa district, Sunday night around 7.30 p.m., causing severe injuries on his hands and head, according to reports reaching Colombo media. Sasikumar was admitted to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital for treatment.
The armed group had gone to the residence of the journalist located in Jayanthipuram in Batticaloa and called him by his name to come out.
When Sasikumar came out one member of the group had asked Sasikumar to identify him. When Sasikumar replied in negative he was severely assaulted by other members of the group, according to complaints made his relatives to the police.