A BBC team covering the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Maharagama this evening were threatened by a gang following the event.
The BBC team, which included Colombo Correspondent Charles Haviland, were doing a video recording opposite the ‘No Limit’ store in Maharagama when the gang approached them.
Following the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Maharagama the BBC team had decided to make an ‘on location’ recording regarding the convention.
However the gang which approached them hurled abuse at them using foul language in Sinhalese and refused to let them leave.
A police team had later arrived at the scene but the abuse continued even in front of the police.
The policemen refused to allow the BBC team to leave and some of the gang members took photographs of the journalists.
However subsequently a senior police officer arrived at the scene and ordered the police to allow the BBC team to leave.
Meanwhile a reporter of the Nawamani newspaper was also abused by a gang and handed over to the Maharagama police.
He was released after being detained for several hours.