Navy chief in hot water after assaulting journalist

Navy chief in hot water after assaulting journalist

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a6e4d9622a775d7eed800918154a7577_lSri Lanka’s navy chief Ravindra Wijegunaratne is in deep trouble after he was caught on camera assaulting a television journalist and abusing reporters in unprintable language, official sources said.

The Vice Admiral had personally led a navy boat team to lift a blockade of the Hambantota port on Saturday and free two foreign vessels that were virtually hijacked by dock workers.

Video footage of other journalists showed the navy commander darting towards a television cameraman, assaulting him and using foul language. The navy chief protected by a ring of heavily armed navy sailors break the cordon to assault a reporter despite being identified as such.

It is understood that the government has initiated an investigation into the unprecedented conduct. This is the first time that the head of an armed force in Sri Lanka is caught on camera assaulting a journalist.