Rajarata University vice-chancellor and lecturers released

Rajarata University vice-chancellor and lecturers released

Written by Bella Dalima

27 Jun, 2014 | 8:41 pm

The vice-chancellor and a group of lecturers of the Rajarata University who were kept hostage for nearly 24 hours by students of the university were released on Friday.

They were released after the vice-chancellor provided a response to six demands made by the students. The students’ union of the Rajarata University detained the vice chancellor of the university along with ten lecturers demanding that the suspensions issued against eleven university students be cancelled.

According to the vice-chancellor, 27 students were suspended seven months ago for the use of loudspeaker equipment that disrupted university activities. The suspensions of 16 students who apologized or had completed these suspensions have been cancelled.

The police and riot police were summoned to the university premises after the students trapped the vice chancellor and several lecturers within the office of the vice-chancellor.

The vice-chancellor on Friday issued a notice stating that the university will be closed indefinitely and called on all students to vacate the premises. However, the students remained in the university in order to resolve their issues.

The Students’ Union presented seven demands in writing and discussions were held on thee demands. The vice-chancellor gave written consent to six demands. However, he did not agree to the demand that called for the immediate reopening of the university. Thereafter, the Students’ Union took steps to release the vice-chancellor and the lecturers. The police too dispersed thereafter.

Meanwhile, a protest was organised today to mark the 50th day of the Satyagraha campaign commenced by students of the Sri Jayawardenepura University.

The protest was held opposite the administration building of the university, when the students commenced this campaign citing a number of demands.

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