Paramilitary cadres burn Tamil dailies in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Monday, 23 October 2006, 10:58 GMT]
Fifteen paramilitary cadres alleged to be belonging to Karuna group, stopped a private bus and a van transporting Tamil dailies Virakesari and Metro News from Colombo to Batticaloa and Amparai, near the Kiran Regional Secretariat, and set fire to the news papers in a compound opposite the Secretariat Monday around 3:50 a.m., civil sources from Kiran said.

The armed men took away bus driver's hand phone and asked him to collect it at the office of the Karuna group.

Three months earlier the Virakesari Agents 'Murugesu & Sons' shop on the Main Street in Batticaloa was burnt down by armed gangs.

Sudar Oli and Thinakural, both popular Tamil dailes from Colombo, were banned in the beginning of the year in Batticaloa and Amparai by Karuna group while Virakesari was the only Tamil news paper allowed to be taken into the Government controlled areas in Batticaloa and Amparai.



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