Sri Lankan journalist kidnapped

Aug 29, 2006 (AFP) – A Sri Lankan radio journalist was kidnapped near the capital Colombo on Tuesday, police said, prompting appeals by colleagues for his safe return. Nadaraja Guruparan, a member of the minority Tamil community, was forced out of his car by at least two people and taken away as he drove to his radio station, Surayan FM, police said.

His vehicle was later found abandoned.

“We plead with the abductors of Guruparan to release him unharmed,” the private Peace Council of Sri Lanka said in a statement.

A police official said an investigation was under way into the journalist’s abduction but that they had no leads.

No further details were available.

Dozens of colleagues demonstrated outside the main railway station in Colombo demanding his release.

There was no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping which came amid an escalation of violence in Sri Lanka’s three-decade-old ethnic conflict that has left 1,500 people dead since December.

There has been a spate of attacks against journalists, newspapers and even newspaper delivery boys.

A large number of journalists, some Tamils and others from the majority Sinhalese community,

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