Reporter trampled to death by an elephant in Minneriya

September 8, 2015   08:58 am




A provincial reporter, who was covering an incident of Wild Life officials attempting to drive away wild jumbos in a village in Minneriya, has been killed by a charging elephant, the police say.

“The reporter was killed while he was covering the incident in Papisiya Wewa area in Minneriya,” the Police Spokesperson said.

Priyantha Rathnayake, a correspondent attached to Derana TV, was 46-year-old at the time of his tragic death.

The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the Hingurakgoda Base hospital pending an autopsy.

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