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    No incidents of Communal Violence at Sabaragamuwa University - VC, Prof.Udawatte

    August 13, 2014

    The Vice Chancellor of the Sabaragamuwa University Prof.Chandana P.Udawatte, referring to a recent incident at the Sabaragamuwa University categorically stated that the incident was not of a communal riot or any other act but it was purely an act of self interest.

    The Vice Chancellor issuing a report on the incident said that on August 3 around 3.30am  a first year Tamil student naned S.Suthars  of the Faculty of Social Science and  Languages was attacked by and unknown person while going to the bathroom situated outside. He was rushed to the nearby hospital and later had been transferred to the Balangoda hospital.


    The University, the Samanalawewa and Balangoda Police ommediately started investigations and based on the results of the investigations the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) further investigated into the incident.  Based on information received,  a third year Tamil student namely Y. Nirojan of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages was summoned to the Samanalawewa Police. This student after finishing his semester exam had appeared before the Samanalawewa Police on 5th August and later was taken to Colombo and after producing before the court he was released and handed over to his father on August 8.


    The student who was admitted to the hospital was transferred to Ranapura hospita, for examination by the JMO on suspicion of self injuries.  Based on JMO's report he was taken into police custody and thereafter by the TID for further investigations.


    The Vice Chancellor said that they were informed by the TID and the Police Spokesperson that the injured student had confessed that he self injured  in order to get a transfer from the Sabaragamuwa University to a university close to his home.


    The Vice Chancellor also said that incidents of communal violence did not take place in the university since its inception.  He further added that there are more than  500 Tamil and 150 Muslim students are studying in the University and already more than 2000 Tamil students have passed out.


    Prof.Udawatte also emphasised that this incident  did not disturbed the academic activities of the University and all the students are actively engaged in their respective academic activities.(KH)


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