Gang attacks Tamil newspaper's office in Sri Lanka

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Chennai, April 3: Amidst continuing protests here over the atrocities committed against ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka comes the news that a Tamil daily's office in Kilinochchi was attacked on Wednesday.

It is worth noting that Kilinochchi was the nerve centre of nearly all the operations launched by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) till Jan 2009 when the Lankan Army seized control of the town.

On Wednesday morning, unidentified persons attacked the distribution office of the Uthayan newspaper. Reports say the staff were unloading the papers to be distributed from a mini lorry when a gang hit them with poles and also damaged the mini lorry.

The gang subsequently entered the Uthayan office and vandalised it. Three persons including two employees of the daily were injured in the attack.

Chinese news agencyXinhua quoted police officials as saying that the two employees have been admitted to hospital for treatment of their injuries. The other person escaped with minor injuries.

The victims have lodged a complaint with the Kilinochchi Police.

This is not the first time that Uthayan has been targeted in the past few months. Journalists working for the Tamil daily and the persons tasked with distributing the newspaper have complained of receiving several threats from groups which apparently do not like its coverage of developments in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Earlier this year in Jan, a man who delivers the Uthayan newspaper to Jaffna-based subscribers was attacked by some men while he was going to the delivery point. The assailants came on two motorcycles and surrounded him. They then beat him up before setting ablaze the newspapers stacked on his bike.

OneIndia News (with IANS inputs)

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