Undergrad’s death by hanging; case closed

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Investigations into the death of a female undergraduate of Sabaragamuwa University by hanging had concluded and it was a case of suicide, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 He said that as there was no evidence to take forward the investigation the police had closed the case.

 SSP Rohana said, however, that the police would inform the courts of their decision.

 First year female student of Sabaragamuwa University’s Applied Sciences Faculty died of hanging at her home in Pannipitiya on Feb. 17. She had left a suicide note saying that she was fed up with university life.

Raveendra Pilapitiya of Sabaragamuwa University Students Collective said that no ragging incidents thad taken place in the university, especially in the Science Faculty.

He said that the undergraduate had entered the university six months back and left. She had returned last month.

Pilapitiya said that there were no faculty unions or a student council in the university as university administration dissolved all unions two years ago, but they had a student collective to look after student grievances.

Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Chandana Udawatte said that the university would not conduct an investigation into the incident as there was no complaint. However, university officials had given statement to the police, he said.

Prof. Udawatte, too, ruled out ragging in the university, but he said the dead student had had a grudge with one of her friends.

She had once complained to the university administration against that person and both parties agreed come to a settlement in the presence of their parents few months back, Prof. Udawatte said.

State Minister of Higher Education Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha said he had called a report on the incident from the university administration, but he had not received it until he tendered his resignation letter to President Maithripala Sirisena.

Prof. Wijesinha said the new minister would look after the issue with the report to be submitted by the university administration.

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