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Politically ruined parties need press for survival - JVP
Parties that are politically ruined would always seek the support of newspapers for their survival, JVP spokesman Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said yesterday (30).

Commenting on the alleged attack on JVP rebel group parliamentarian Piyasiri Wijenaike, he said that there was a compliant made and an investigation was in progress.

The newly formed National Freedom Front member and Kalutara District JVP parliamentarian Piyasiri Wijenayake, who was allegedly attacked on Sunday had accused the JVP Central Committee of planning attacks and issuing death threats to NFF members.

He told The Island yesterday that on Sunday evening around 6.00 p.m. when he was shopping at the Horana town when the JVP District Secretary and Divisional Secretary started using abusive language and assaulting him.

He said due to the intervention of the MSD bodyguards the attack was less severe. Prior to the attack he saw a JVP Central Committee member in the vicinity, he said.

The attackers grabbed his bag containing Rs. 200,000 from his vehicle. It was money given to him for the party’s work. "I have lodged a complaint with the Horana Police on the attack and the lost bag," he said.

On Sunday morning too some JVP members had come close to his residence and threatened him demanding that he give up engaging in the activities of FNN, he said.

Wijenayake said that constant death threats issued to the FNN membership were a clear indication that the JVP had a weak leadership.

A spokeswoman of the Horana Police Crime Division said that they had recorded a statement about two political groups clashing over a poster campaign which resulted in Wijenayake being attacked and investigations were continuing.

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