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‘Lanka’ managing director arrested

Mirihana Police have arrested the managing director of ‘Lanka’ newspaper, published by the JVP affiliated Lanka Fast Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

The MD, Venura Herath, and another employee of the newspaper, identified as Janaka Mahendra, were apprehended today (Sept. 23).

Their arrests follows a complaint by the company’s director Lal Tennakoon to police that documents and a car belonging to the newspaper had been taken away by force by some persons.

This incident is said to be the result of the internal crisis in the JVP.

A majority of the directors of the newspaper is with the JVP leadership, while its editorial members, including editor Chandana Sirimalwatte, are supporting the faction led by Premakumar Gunarathnam alias ‘Kumara.’

According to reports reaching ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, today’s issue of the newspaper distributed to some areas did not mention the publisher’s name.
SLM

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