Magistrate refuses to ban IUSF march, protest

The Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday turned down a request by the Colombo Crimes Division to issue an order to prevent the march and protest in Colombo organized by the Inter University Students Federation on Friday (28).

The CCD told the court that intelligence reports had revealed that the march, which began from Kandy on Monday, would reach the Kelaniya University on Friday and from there they were planning to march to Temple Trees. If that were to take place it would cause much inconvenience to the public and if they attempted to march on the high security zone it would create a grave disturbance and posed a threat to security.

Magistrate Kanishka Ranasinghe said that he had no power to prevent the march and protest, but if they became a public menace the police could use its powers to combat it.

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