compliance with the request made by the Vice Chancellor University
of Jaffna, military personnel deployed in the vicinity of the
University was withdrawn by the Commander Security Forces Jaffna
(SF-J) after a meeting of University authorities with the SF-J
Commander on Tuesday (04) afternoon. However, Police presence
will continue for the security of students and the staff.
were deployed in the area after a group of politically-motivated
students created mayhem inside and outside the University premises
showing a violent behavior towards the Police who were attempting
to maintain law and order. Army had to be deployed to assist the
Police when the situation went out of Police control.
meeting between the Jaffna Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
and VC Prof. Vasanthi Arasarathnam and Deans of the Faculties,
Jaffna Commander stated that simultaneous appearance of some politicians
in the scene on 27th evening and 28th morning of November leaves
a suspicion and their presence had aggravated the situation.
no interest in getting involved in University affairs but no one
can take the law into their hands. Students should be concerned
on their education and should not bring politics to the University
which disrupts their education”, he added.
Dons pointed out that occasional patrolling by the Police along
the roads, not in the close perimeter of the University but in
the distance, would provide security to University girls from
gangsters and drunkards.
requested the VC not allow any outsiders other than undergraduates
and academic and nonacademic staff into the University premises
without prior permission either from the VC or the Registrar to
which all agreed.
Hathurusinghe promised to put his maximum effort to get the three
students now in Police custody released as soon as possible.