Jaffna University students to meet President today
President Maithripala Sirisena will meet with Jaffna University students today over the incident in which two university students were allegedly shot at by the police for not complying an order to stop their motorbike.
The students of the university launched a protest campaign last week against the killing and demanded that action be taken against those who were responsible for the shooting.
However, the week-long protest campaign was suspended by the students yesterday following a discussion held with Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan.
Issuing a statement, the ministry said the Minister went to Jaffna last morning to hold a discussion with the student unions and the Vice Chancellor of the University regarding the deaths of the two University students.
“Having full confidence in the assurances given by Minister Swaminathan, the students decided to suspend their protests,” it said.
Minister Swaminathan had noted that the students have been given the opportunity to meet President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo at 12.30 pm today.
Two male students of Jaffna University sustained fatal injuries after they were shot at by the police for disobeying orders to stop at a roadblock at the Kulappidi Junction in Kankesanthurai on October 21.
(Source: Daily Mirror)
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It is clear that those University students who didn’t stop at the Police Check point and ignored the demand to STOP because they didn’t understand Sinhala Language and the body-language of Police Officers.
The Police boss admitted that the process the Police follow for evasive drivers, riders and passengers at checkpoints, was flawed.
The flaw in the process has caused the death of 2 civilians.
Interrogation process followed the Police have drawn condemnation from local Human Rights activities. The practice of torture on suspects in custody is common.
Now that the Army is largely confined to the barracks (except, of course, in the North) the entire process for law enforcement through the Police should be upgraded to meet with human rights aspirations of the population.
This needs political will and leadership of the calibre of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mr Amarakoon “It is clear that those University students who didn’t stop at the Police Check point and ignored the demand to STOP ”
What do you expect from our University students. They haven’t got the capacity to understand a basic
instructions. that’s why they get beaten by police all the time.