J’pura undergrads protest claiming harassment by authorities

Threaten march on UGC with outside uni participation

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Undergraduates of Sri Jayewardenepura University yesterday protested against what they called continuing suppression of students.

President of the Students’ Council Sampath Wickremesinghe told The Island that the latest incident of harassment has been the arrest of 14 undergraduates by the Mirihana police for allegedly attacking security guards at the main gate on February 24.

"We marched from the University to the Wijerama junction and demonstrated opposite the university’s main gate," he said.

The university administration had suspended 333 students, cancelled studentship of 45 students and court cases had been filed against 147 students so far from January 2013, Wickremesinghe said.

"Our students settled the problem with security officials on Feb. 24, but now those students have been arrested by the police," Wickremesinghe said.

The student activist said that they would organise a large scale protest march from the university in Gangodawila to the University Grants Commission at Ward Place with the support of undergraduates of countrywide universities if the university administration did not respond to their primary protests.

Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. N. L. A. Karunaratne was not available for comment.

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