Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma attempted to commit suicide inside the school in Mathugama yesterday in an attempt to force the school to admit some students.
He tied himself to a ceiling fan and attempted to commit suicide. He was later taken to hospital.
The Minister had earlier staged a fast against the refusal to allow a group of students to be admitted to the school.
Several parents today protested over the manner in which Thewarapperuma was attempting to force the authorities to admit children to the school. (Colombo Gazette)