President orders release of Jaffna students

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of the Jaffna university students who were detained last December, the government information department said.

The police had arrested several students following tensions which arose in Jaffna in December but eventually freed most of them.

A release by the government information department said that the President had ordered the release of the students following an appeal put forward by the parents when the President visited Jaffna today.

Amnesty International, a London based international human rights group, had recently called for the release of two Jaffna university students who remained under police custody.

The two students were among four boys arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division in December last year following a tense situation which arose in the Jaffna University.

It was reported that they were arrested due to their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organisation, as well as their involvement in organising demonstrations.

Two of the four students were later freed last month after undergoing rehabilitation at a camp in Welikanda while the other two are still at the camp. (Colombo Gazette)