Student Bhikkus to be punished today


by Dasun Edirisinghe

The Sri Jayewardenepura University authorities have decided to take disciplinary action today against the Bhikkhu undergraduates who were allegedly involved in an attack on university officials on Sunday night.

Sources said that the inquiry was over by last evening, but the decision was pending approval from the Vice Chancellor.

A group of Bhikkhu undergraduates allegedly attacked some university officials, accompanying Vice Chancellor Dr. N. L. A. Karunaratne, when they visited the Bhikku hostel on Sunday night.

However, Buddhist monks said university officials had assaulted the monk undergraduates. A sub warden and two Bhikkhu undergraduates were hospitalised after the incident.

Hundreds of Bhikku undergraduates staged a Satyagraha opposite the university entrance against the attack on two of their colleagues.

Secretary of the Arts Faculty Students Union, Ven. Kamburupitiye Gnanissara thera told The Island that they had performed the Satyagraha for over an hour and several university teachers requested them to stop it.

"Senior Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, Applied Science Faculty Dean Dr. Sudantha Liyanage and Management Faculty Dean Prof. Sampath Amaratunga spoke to us and proposed that we solve the problem through discussions," Ven. Gnanissara thera said. He added that they had refused to discuss the problem with the VC.

He said that VC had suspended four Bhikkhu undergraduates for delivering leaflets outside the university last week. So far, 63 undergraduates had been suspended by the VC on false charges, the Thera alleged.

When contacted by The Island, Vice Chancellor Dr. N. L. A. Karunaratne said indiscipline would not be tolerated on the campus.

"People of the area informed me that their children could not study at night due to the din from the Bhikkh hostel and when we went there to inquire into it some student monks assaulted our officers," Prof. Karunaratne said.

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