News1st Correspondent injured while covering UPFA-UNP clash recalls incident

News1st Correspondent injured while covering UPFA-UNP clash recalls incident

Written by Bella Dalima

22 Sep, 2014 | 9:46 pm

A clash broke out between a group of UPFA and UNP supporters in Hali-Ela Badulla, on Monday evening. News 1st correspondent Chandana Kuruppuarachchi, was injured while attempting to cover the altercation.

Police say that the situation in Hali-Ela has been brought under control and that further investigations are underway.

The clash broke out this evening between a group of UPFA and UNP supporters. Several persons who were injured in the clash have been admitted to the Badulla Hospital.

A spokesperson at the hospital added that they had been admitted to the wards for further treatment.

Speaking to News1st from his hospital bed, Chandana Kuruppuarachchi said:

[quote]I heard that the UNP office in Hali-Ela was being attacked and I went there to cover the incident. The party office had been attacked, everything had been destroyed and there was a fire. I recorded everything. A little while later they went near the Pradeshiya Sabha and there was a brawl between both sides. They were using large clubs and stone, so I kept some distance and kept recording everything. They asked me to stop recording.[/quote]

Chandana could not go on as he was having difficulty speaking, which was due to facial injuries.

News1st correspondent Chandana Kuruppuarachchi was injured while attempting to cover a clash between UPFA and UNP supporters in Hali-Ela.

 

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