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Sri Lanka: Gang attacks Tamil journalist in Jaffna city

28 May 2011,
32-year-old Staff Correspondent of Uthayan Daily in Jaffna, S. Kavitharan, was attacked Saturday morning around 6:30 by a gang believed to be operated by a paramilitary group, near the Jaffna Hindu College while the journalist was on his way to work, the officials at the paper said. A camouflaged group, of up to five members, attacked him with cricket bats.

The journalist told media that he was being targeted for exposing gang fights, extortions and harassments by a certain group on girls in the peninsula.

The wounded journalist was admitted at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

Mr. Kavitharan, a long-time employee at Uthayan paper, was recently threatened by a EPDP associated person who entered the office of the paper.
TN

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