Karapitiya Medical Faculty clash: Police summon 22 students

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Following a clash between two student factions of the Karapitiya Medical Faculty on Tuesday, students, who were believed to be have been involved in it, were summoned to the Poddala police station today for an inquiry.

Faculty Dean Dr. Sampath Gunawardena told The Island that the President and Secretary of the Faculty Students’ Union were among those who were summoned by the police.

He said that the university too, would conduct a separate investigation on the incident, which took place at a male hostel near the faculty.

"We have already appointed a disciplinary committee headed by an assistant Marshall," Dr. Gunawardena said, adding that it had already record statements from the Sub Warden of the hostel where the incident happened.

Although media reported that 10 students had been hospitalized, only four were warded at the Karapitiya Teaching hospitals as others had only minor injuries, the Dean said.

Dr. Gunawardena said that those four students, belonging to two student factions had given names of the alleged attackers to the Poddala police.

No damage had been caused to uni versity property in the clash which erupted after daily lectures, he said.

Dr. Gunawardena said that the academic activities were continuing without any interruption.

Poddala police Crime OIC, IP Mithrasiri de Silva said that 11 students had been hospitalized after the clash between third year and final year students, but five students had been discharged after treatment.

"Based on statements given by the injured students, we ordered 22 students to come to the police station today," IP de Silva said.

Asked whether the clash had been between JVP and its rival Frontline Socialist Party supporters, Dr. Gunawardena said he was unable to comment.

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