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Pera undergrads protest arrest of Jaffna counterparts

Pera undergrads protest arrest of Jaffna counterparts

2012 Dec 07

The Peradeniya University undergraduates staged a protest over police action against the Jaffna University undergraduates and the arrest of four of them for staging a peaceful demonstration to commemorate Heroes' Day in Jaffna on 28 November. Undergraduates of the Peradeniya University staged the protest at the Galaha Junction at noon yesterday, demanding the immediate release of the three Jaffna University undergraduates who are currently being interrogated by the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID).The fourth undergraduate was released on Tuesday. Speaking to Ceylon Today, the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) said all undergraduates in Universities island-wide are against the arrest of the four Northern undergraduates. The undergraduates were arrested on charges of commemorating the deaths of Tamil people who died during the civil war, IUSF Convener Sanjeewa Bandara said. "The army even broke into the girls' hostels. They can't just break into girls' hostels at night, without any reason. The students protested against this on 28 November, and were beaten up. Eight students were seriously injured as a result. Four were arrested then and there, but were released later on the same day. However, around 29 and 30 November, more undergraduates were placed under arrest, including the Jaffna University Student Union Secretary, Paramalingam Darshananth. A Medical Faculty undergraduate, was released on Tuesday, but the other three are still under arrest. They have not even been produced before court as yet, and it's nearly a week since they were taken," Bandara alleged. He said, the IUSF condemned terrorism, and that commemorating Tamils who died during the war did not equate to commemorating terrorists. The Tamil students should be free to commemorate the deaths of whoever they wish, as it is their right, Bandara said adding, "Repressing and assaulting them for lighting a few lamps in memory of the dead would only pave way for more racial conflict in the country."

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