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Sri Lankan police threaten family of Tamil Guardian correspondent with arrest warrant

Sri Lankan police in plain clothing entered the house of a Tamil Guardian correspondent in Batticaloa, purportedly to arrest him, and threatened his family when it was discovered he was not at home.

Police forcibly entered the home of journalist S Nilanthan on Thursday night at around 9.10pm. Since Nilanthan was not at the house, police threatened his family and warned them to tell Nilanthan to appear at Eravur police station the following morning.

The journalist’s family have been left in fear that the police refused to provide reasons for seeking Nilanthan’s arrest, and that they appeared at night and in plain clothing.

More to follow.