PM calls for report over action taken near UGC university students’ protest

PM calls for report over action taken near UGC university students’ protest

PM calls for report over action taken near UGC university students’ protest

Written by Staff Writer

30 Oct, 2015 | 1:39 pm

The Prime Minister has instructed the Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana to present a report detailing the manner in which the police operated at a protest by university students opposite the University Grants Commission on Thursday evening.

Students who were arrested when the protest was dispersed, were released on bail after they were produced in court on Friday.

Thirty-nine university students, including two monks, who were arrested during the protest were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Friday.

The Students Collective to protect the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, commenced their protest march  from Colombo Fort on Thursday afternoon demanding an equal recognition as provided to the Bachelor of Commerce

The demonstrators later staged their protest by blocking a lane opposite the Ministry of Higher Education.

Thereafter, police using force with a baton charge, fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.

Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that this step was taken in order to reduce the traffic congestion caused along the road.

The Frontline Socialist  Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, issuing a statement, condemned the police attack on the protest by university students.

The Frontline Socialist Party says that issues may arise in the future when rulers use police force to suppress the student movement.

The FSP says that suppressing students who fight for free education rights, will not be a solution to the issue.

Issuing a statement the JVP stated that they hold the government accountable for the attack on the university students.

The JVP, while condemning the government’s approach towards the protest, says that the voices of the students need to be heard and a reasonable solution must be provided. Six students who were injured in the police charge during the protest, continue to receive treatment at the National Hospital in Colombo.

Director of the Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that their conditions are not serious.

The police media unit said that six police officers who were injured during the incident continue to receive in-house treatment.

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