Labour Minister Mervyn Silva and his supporters have yet again confronted a Sirasa TV crew at an official function. On an invitation by the Ministry of Highways, the electronic media institution had sent a crew of two this morning to the opening of second phase of the flyover at Thorana Junction in Kelaniya.
As Minister Silva is known to be hostile towards Sirasa TV, the Highway’s Ministry’s Media Secretary Shirantha Premawardena had given an assurance that its employees would not come to any harm.
However, the minister and his bodyguards had assaulted correspondent Thushara Saliya Ranawaka and video cameramen Waruna Sampath and seized their cameras.
Before the commencement of the function, Minister Silva had inquired about the presence of Sirasa TV and upon identification, had ordered the cameraman to remove the tapes.
Thereafter, the bodyguards had snatched another camera in their possession, while the other had been damaged in the scuffle, the correspondent told ‘Lanka Dissent.’
He also said that there had been a large VIP and police presence at the scene, including top officers, but none had intervened.
The television crew has lodged a complaint with the Peliyagoda Police.
This is the third instance involving the Kelaniya flyover where Minister Silva had confronted and chased away Sirasa TV crews.