(Lanka e News – 2007 July 25, 4.30 PM) A student monk and few more students were injured and hospitalized due to a clash between JVP led Students’ Council and the Science Faculty Council of the Kelaniya University yesterday (24).
Registrar of the University Mr. Karunarathna said that the authorities decided to close the university after a discussion between the Vice Chancellor and the Police. The date of opening is yet to be announced. The registrar said that 75% of the students had left the hostels by this morning. He further said that university buildings and the vehicles of the academic staff were damaged due to the exchanges of stones.
Science Faculty Council Chairman Saliya was taken into custody by the Kiribathgoda Police yesterday 11.45 PM and he was remanded until August 02 after producing before the Number 05 Magistrate Sujeewa Nissanka. Lawyer Manjula Pathiraja who appeared for the student leader said to Lanka-e-News that he had been arrested under act regarding the student ragging.
The OIC of Kiribathgoda police station said few more students are to be taken into custody over the attack.
Three students were suspended lectures since ragging by the JVP led Students Council. The Science Faculty Council is vehemently against ragging and the two factions clash time to time over this.
The JVP student union members yesterday protested in front of the Ministry of Higher Education, broke open the gate and burnt the letter they were to submit to the Minister under the portico. The two student factions clashed in the university after this incident.