Sharon's Relatives Threaten And Attempt To Assault Journalists Reporting On Death Of Two Girls

A group calling themselves as relatives of Sherone Silva, one of the schoolgirls who died in the recent train accident in Dehiwela, have threatened photographers and journalists who had arrived at the AF Raymond Funeral Parlour when the bodies were brought there.

The journalists had been present at the venue to speak to friends and relatives of the two girls. The journalists had assured the relatives that they would not carry out their duties in an intrusive manner. 

One individual of this group claimed that he was a former director of Swarnawahini by the name of Sanjeewa Perera. He had forcibly snatched camera equipment from photographers present at the venue. 

This group had behaved in a violent and unruly manner, threatening and attempting to assault the journalists and photographers, demanding that no report of the death of the two students be carried in the media. They said the two girls were insulted by many after a certain section of media misinterpreted the incident. 

The camera equipment had been handed over to the photojournalists later.

The journalists who faced the unexpected experience told Asian Mirror that they did not lodge a Police complaint considering the plight of the girl's family members and relatives. 

The two schoolgirls, Yasara Perera and Sharon Sweleen, students of Holy Family Convent in Bambalapitiya, met with the accident on Monday night. They were on their way to a party at a restaurant on the beach and were crossing the rail track when the train coming from the direction of Colombo hit them. Their post-mortem was done at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital and it was revealed that they had died of multiple injuries to head and chest.

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