FUTA calls for probe on threat

The Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) has called for an investigation into the alleged threats on the life of Janaka Nilanga Madushan, the President of the Peradeniya Student Union (PSU).

FUTA says it unreservedly condemns all such acts of intimidation and aggression against members of the academic community including students.

“Such incidents are unfortunately becoming far too common within the Sri Lankan university system and it is of paramount importance that the authorities take action and conduct proper investigations regarding such incidents,” FUTA said.

The Federation of Peradeniya University Teachers’ Associations (FPUTA), comprising eight sister unions, had yesterday said it was profoundly disturbed by the report that the President of the Peradeniya Student Union (PSU), Janaka Nilanga Madushan, was threatened with his life by a group claiming to be of the CID.

According to the statement made by Madushan to the police, the individuals first made contact with him while he was meeting with his father in Kandy town. He was subsequently taken to an empty room above a shop where he was interrogated and told to refrain from engaging in union related activities.

“We see the reported incident as a serious threat to fostering a democratic ethos fundamental to the creation of a vibrant academic environment at the University of Peradeniya. Further, because such threats thwart social movements and activism, which are a part of any democratic society, we are concerned that they will further harm the social fabric of Sri Lanka. Finally, we are concerned about the safety of Madushan,” FPUTA said.

In light of these concerns FPUTA urged the university authorities and the police, who have been informed of this incident, to prevent such incidents from taking place in future and ensure that swift action is taken to investigate and charge those involved. (Colombo Gazette)