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Siyatha attack: No breakthrough

By Sarashi Samarasinghe

Director General of the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle said yesterday that ‘Siyatha’ TV and Radio offices are at Union Place and not in the high security zone.
He said that the police is fully geared to handle the inquiries concerning the petrol bomb attack on the ‘Siyatha’ office premises.
The incident took place on Friday between 1.30 a.m. and 1.45 a.m.
According to the News Director of the Channel, Udithamal Hemachandra, 12 persons who came in two vehicles carried out the attack.

“There had been only four employees at the office at the time. Three out of the four were from the staff and fourth was a security guard,” Hemachandra said.
The attackers had initially harassed the staff on duty and the security guard before hurling petrol bombs causing damage to TV operation building and the Radio operation building.
“Two floors of the TV operation building are completely destroyed which comprised the studio, main operation room, main control room (MCR), news room, programme room, library and the cassette store room,” said Hemachandra.

He said that the fourth floor of the Radio operation building has also been completely destroyed though no harm has been caused to any of the radio transmission equipment.
“We have not yet figured out the total cost of the damage. Siyatha TV would be back to normal within another two to three weeks. Though we can carry on with our transmitting we cannot do play productions at the moment,” he added.

According to Hemachandra the gang had been armed. A petrol can had also been found within the office premises which the gang had brought for the attack.
“We still cannot figure out what is the actual reason behind this attack,” Hemachandra said.
Meanwhile police media spokesman, SP Prishantha Jayakody said that investigations are continuing as to the attack and so far no arrests had been made.
“Police do not want to reveal any details regarding the investigations because it would hamper further investigations,” he added.