TID. He was subsequently released by Courts totally cleared of any charges.
It is also said the Free Media Movement, Convenor.Chulawansa Sri Lal had ruled out any direct government involvement, on the basis that a few days ago Saravanabavan with a few other media personnel had a very cordial meeting over lunch with President Rajapaksa. It is thus suspected, the burning of the Uthayan press could be by a para military group working with government security forces in Jaffna.
Meanwhile y'day a young lady Krishni Ifham working with InterNews, Colombo had been abducted in a white van, taken to Kandy and left with Rs. 200 to get back. She has said she had Rs.1000 with her. Her husband is working the Island news paper. Reason(s) for her abduction is not known and she now refrains from giving details of her abduction to the media or to media organisations.
In another bizarr happening yesterday, a colmnist Chandrasiri Bandara who writes on astrology to the Sinhala weekly of the Sunday Leader publications, was arrested late evening from his rsidence close to the parliamentary complex, Sri Jayawardnepura, in Battaramulla and detained by the CID. He is claimed to be a very popular astrologer, working for the Opposition parties.