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The Students of the Peradeniya University staged a protest today against summons issued to 24 students of the university.  The students of all nine faculties comprising around 3,500, protested at the Galaha Junction today demanding that all charges against the students be dropped forthwith. The students have been issued summons due to a complaint made against them alleging their involvement in ragging.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror online President of the Engineering Students Union, Buddhi Senanayake said that all charges levelled against these students are baseless. “The students were innocent and were never involved in any sort of activity that the authorities are alleging. The allegations are cooked up to paralyse the student’s movement in order for the authorities to have their own way,” he said.

The students of the Arts Faculty boycotted the lectures today and students of other faculties also boycotted lectures for a few hours in support. Sources say there was heavy military presence in the vicinity.  Senanayake further said that the students would not give up their fight until their demands are met. “The authorities want to destabilise the students and privatise education, these are all measures taken towards this. We will fight four our rights and if the demands are not met we will take stern action in the future,” he said.

All Student Unions functioning within the university were suspended with immediate effect from December 21, 2011 subsequent to a protest march that was to be staged by the unions. The March which was scheduled to be held on December 21, was suspended following a court order issued against it The suspension was removed by Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University Prof S.A. Abeykoon from January 1. (Hafeel Farisz)
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  • Lankan Thursday, 26 January 2012 04:44 AM

    Sad day for deserving kids who wants to have a higher education, if this type of politically activated students continue to disrupt university education. why cant there be rules in universities to stop this behaviour.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:54 AM

    these students are unbelievable!! Stop wasting govt money and their time. If they're not happy the way things are then leave and allow other deserving students the chance of free education if they cannot appreciate it.

    Saranga Walimuni Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:30 PM

    These guys waste our tax paying money,, morons!

    truealf Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:46 PM

    Kindly No Politics in our Education....Please....Please...Please

    Sumedha Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:53 PM

    Unbelievable crime that these young kids are being drawn into politics without knowing anything about the world or what they in fact want. Whatever political parties are engaging in these tactics should be VERY ashamed of themselves.


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