Army denies role in Uthayan editor attack

Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, yesterday rejected allegations that military personnel had been responsible for brutally attacking Mr. T. Thevananth, Editor of the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, within the premises of the Jaffna University last Tuesday.

"It is wrong to allege that military personnel entered the Jaffna Campus on this day," Hathurusinghe said. "I believe that it was the police who were deployed for security in the university."

General Hathurusinghe accused the Uthayan newspaper for attempting to discredit the military in Jaffna.

Jaffna District DIG Eric Perera denied that the police entered the university to attack students or anybody else. He said they could not divulge anything more at present as investigations are underway.

The Chief Editor of the Uthayan newspaper has complained to the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka about this alleged incident and the Guild issued a statement of concern and protest in this connection. (See page 6 for the statement). (FRS)

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