Rumpus at Kelaniya campus
The University of Kelaniya, except the medical faculty, was closed
yesterday until further notice following a clash between university
students and residents.
It is reported that some university students had been assaulted
yesterday morning by an armed gang following a clash that erupted the
previous night between students and residents. The gang reported to be
residents of the area are from the villages of Wevalduwa and Kelaniya in
the neighbourhood of the university.
The gang armed with iron bars had assaulted the students on their way
to the university. Sources revealed that in some instances students
lodged at boarding houses and hostels too were assaulted.
According to villagers an elderly person had been attacked by a group
of university students the previous day while they were returning to the
hostels after dinner.
However the victims of the attack have not yet been identified.
Finally the university authorities had decided to close all faculties
except the medical faculty until further notice. Police had taken steps
to evacuate the students under the police protection from the university
in buses. The villagers have set the pandal which was built for the
aesthetic festival named 'Bihidora Abiyasa' on fire.
As a result the Bihidora Abiyasa program had to be suspended,
university sources said.