The office of the Tamil newspaper Uthayan was vandalised and its employees attacked on Wednesday morning by a group of unidentified persons.
According to one of the owners and TNA MP E. Saravanapavan, masked attackers used poles to attack the manager and staff including two delivery boys at the Uthayan office in Kilinochchi. Three employees have been admitted to hospital with serious injuries, whilst four others sustained minor injuries. Equipment such as an office computer and distribution vehicles including two motorcycles were also vandalised.
Saravanapavan has pointed the finger at government allied paramilitary groups.
Attacks against Tamil media workers since the beginning of the year:
Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna (08 Mar 2013)
Jaffna newspaper distributor attacked (07 Feb 2013)
Uthayan newspaper distributor attacked (10 Jan 2013)