The police fired tear gas and water towards university students protesting near the University Grants Commission (UGC) at Ward Place.
Students of the Higher National Diploma in Engineering (HNDE) staged the protest and some of them had attempted to enter the UGC premises.
A tense situation arose as the students blocked traffic along Ward Place and demanded attention to some of their concerns.
The police then fired tear gar and used water cannons to disperse the protesters. Some journalists covering the protest were also assaulted.
The police later arrested 39 students. (Colombo Gazette)