MP’s aide still to appear before police
Despite assurances from former Deputy Minister Sagala Ratnayake that he would produce before police his aide who allegedly assaulted Lankadeepa Provincial Editor W.G. Gooneratne on Wednesday at a Teleshop in Slave Island, the person has not turned up at the police so far.

The assault took place when Mr. Gooneratne went to pay a telephone bill. Journalist associations have condemned the incident.

The Free Media Movement (FMM) condemned the alleged assault and also wanted the parliamentarian to apologise to the journalist publicly for blaming him using abusive language. The suspect had attacked the journalist when he was asked to take his place in the queue of SLT customers waiting to settle their bills.

"The MP's aide was behind me in the queue and I saw an employee of the Teleshop take the bill from him so that he could settle it without standing in the queue. I protested and was verbally abused by the MP. Later I was kicked by his aide twice", Mr. Gooneratne said.

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