Jaffna University students boycott lectures; Demand to meet President

Following the killing of two students in Jaffna by the police last week, students of the Jaffna University have been boycotting lectures, demanding a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Students Union of the Jaffna University has already handed over a letter requesting the University authorities to schedule a meeting between the union and the President. The union is to request Sirisena, for an impartial inquiry into the incident and also seek compensation for the families of the two victims, who were 23 years old and 24 years old at the time of their death. Several thousand students studying at various faculties at the university are taking part in the boycott.

23 year old Natarajan Kajan and 24 year old Pounraj Sulakshan who were traveling by motorbike were shot at by the Police on October 20, at the Kulappidi Junction roadblock in Jaffna, which resulted in the motorbike crashing onto a nearby wall. The postmortem report revealed that the rider had a bullet lodged in his chest, while the pillion rider suffered head injuries due to the bike crashing into the wall.

The 5 police officers who were behind the incident are currently remanded and Sirisena has ordered the CID to carry out an impartial investigation into the incident.

Courtesy: Colombo Telegraph

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