Over 40 students suspended

Over 40 students of the Sabaragamuwa University have been suspended over the protests which took place over the weekend.

The students were among those who blocked the main road disrupting traffic and resulting in the police using tear-gas to disperse them.

The University administration held a meeting last night and at that meeting it was decided to suspend 45 students on disciplinary grounds.

Among those suspended are four students who had launched a hunger strike on Friday and were admitted to hospital the next day.

The police on Saturday said they were forced to use tear-gas to disperse students of the Sabaragamuwa University who had blocked the Colombo – Badulla road and had also injured 12 policemen.

The students were protesting against the suspension of a group of students from the University.

Police headquarters said that some 1000 – 1500 students took part in the protest over several demands including against the suspension of 5 students from the University.

The police claimed that three ambulances including one which was transporting a child to hospital, were prevented to proceeding by the protesting students.

“When the police attempted to clear the road for the ambulances to proceed they were attacked using stones by the students,” the police said in a statement.

While 12 policemen including some senior officers were injured, 10 were admitted to hospital. The police then used tear-gas to clear the road and also arrested 6 students for attacking the policemen. (Colombo Gazette)