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Senior Rupavahini producer flees country to save life

Fearing for the safety of his life, Waruna Lelwala, a Senior Programme Producer at state-owned Rupavahini Corporation has fled the country, reports said.

Mr. Lelwala, one of the 21 SLRC employees blacklisted by the Criminal Investigation Department for investigation after the infamous Minister Mervyn Silva episode, left the country in the early hours of yesterday (Apr. 02nd).
Fears for life intensified after an unidentified group attempted to gain entry to the mediaman’s house on two difference occasions in recent days, a spokesman for the SLRC trade unions alliance told ‘Lanka Dissent.’

The senior Programme Producer had been serving at Rupavahini since 1991.

Threats to his life was just one instance of assault, intimidation and harassment of SLRC staff after Mr. Mervyn Silva stormed the corporation and assaulted its News Director in late December.

Three Rupavahini employees narrowly escaped grievous harm to their lives from attacks by groups of thugs, while attempts to intimidate two others failed.


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