Tension in Matara

3 August 2010 07:17 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk

A tense situation has erupted in the Matara town where over 2000 university students are on a protest march to the Matara Police station demanding the police to arrest the police officers responsible for the murder of university student Susantha Bandara.

The protestors have obstructed traffic along the Colombo-Matara main road bringing traffic to a complete standstill.

The army, riot police and a special police contingent have been deployed in and around Matara town to prevent the protestors from proceeding beyond the Matara bus stand.

The protest has been organized by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) who are demanding the police to take immediate action against Bandara’s murder.

Susantha Aruna Bandara, a third year student of the Ruhunu University passed away last month as a result of the injuries he suffered following an assault by the police at the University premises in June, the IUSF said.

According to IUSF Convener Udul Premaratne, the deceased student had suffered severe injuries after being assaulted by the police on June 18 while he was at the university hostel.

  Comments - 13

  • Shan Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:02 AM

    What a mess.. Why is the Police keeping quiet when these idiots of IUSF obstructs General public daily requirements.?

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:04 AM

    IUSF stands for Idiots Under Student Facade. What the IUSF leaders are doing is, using their poor fellow students to make a political career for themselves.For your parents' sake, goto your classes and learn something. It's my money you are wasting.

    Laksiri Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:06 AM

    All of these JVP student union members should be shot dead!...The morons just keep distrupting university education for everyone concerned.

    menaka Tuesday, 03 August 2010 11:15 AM

    good one! :)

    SC Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:23 AM

    IUSF is a cancer in the SL Universities. Take necessary action to save students from them !!

    malkanthi Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:28 AM

    The whole system is anyway in a mess, if not put in order, the entire country operation will come to a standstill someday.

    nala Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:48 AM

    If the police can arrest people for Jay walking why don't they arrest these jokers and throw away the keys to their cells.

    ROSHAN RAZ Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:57 AM

    there were no protests or call for justice when students were killed during interal clashes. how many lives lost in the past during student clashes, ragging and bullying.. etc etc ...
    i think its time to stop free university education. they have taken it for granted....

    Rohan Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:01 AM

    If our children want to study peacefully in univercities ,IUSF should be banned.They take our children by force for this protest march.Hope SB will do his best.

    DDJ Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:08 AM


    Indika Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:23 AM

    SB, pls. do something.

    Channa Tuesday, 03 August 2010 03:50 PM

    This is a job for Mr Mervin......

    Musthafa Tuesday, 03 August 2010 10:17 AM

    Very simple, Engineering or Bsc undergraduates can give some compression from both side to reduce the tension.

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