Freelance provincial correspondent Anthony Mark was assaulted by an unknown group late last night and is now receiving treatment at the Mannar base hospital. A police complaint was lodged over the incident.
Speaking to Daily Mirror online from his hospital bed this morning, Anthony Mark said that he was assaulted by men wearing face masks while he was on his way to the Temple last night.
The senior correspondent who is also physically feeble owing to his old age, said that one man had approached him and attempted to take him to a parked van. After refusing to do so the journalist was physically assaulted and an attempt was then made to take him by force.
However on seeing another vehicle approaching them, the gang fled the area in the van together with a diary, some books and other material which were in the possession of the correspondent.
Anthony Mark claimed that some groups who had opposed his writing on the plight of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Mannar had often branded him an LTTE supporter and at time leveled threats against him and feels those groups maybe behind the assault. (Daily Mirror online)