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Six injured in varsity clash

by Manjula Fernando

The Sri Jayawardenapura University was closed yesterday following a clash between members of Sarasavi Shishya Sangamaya (SSS) and the Inter- University Student Federation (IUSF).

The decision followed an emergency meeting of the Senate of the University from 3.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. yesterday.

Six IUSF members were injured in the clash triggered by the Science Faculty Student Union election on Wednesday. One undergraduate is receiving treatment at Kalubowila Hospital.

All 15 office-bearers of the Science Faculty Students Union were elected from the Sarasavi Shishya Sangamaya, rivals of the IUSF. Previously, the Science Faculty Students Union was controlled by the IUSF members, university sources said.

IUSF convenor Ravindra Mudalige said following the election, SSS members accosted and assaulted their members inside the university.

"Three undergraduates were injured in the incident and three more students received injuries in today's clash," he said.

Meanwhile, SSS students are complaining that armed members of the IUSF were preventing them from attending lectures and have threatened to assault them if they enter the university.

A tense situation prevailed in the university although no violent incidents were reported in the afternoon.

A special unit from the Mirihana Police was deployed outside the university to prevent further clashes.

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