The Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) has alleged that the government was trying to use military laws to suppress university students.
The ISUF says the government’s move to give university marshals the authority to clamp down on university students was one such move.
Acting Convener of the IUSF, Sanjeewa Bandara told Colombo Page that the government was trying to suppress the students by making false comments that the students movements were gearing for an armed insurgency. He referred to Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s statement last week that the IUSF was pushing the students to take up arms.
“The IUSF is not a political movement, it is a social movement that is fighting for the welfare of university students,” he said.
He added that students would only take up arms and participate in an insurgency if they want to take over state power, but instead the students were now struggling to get the authorities to address their grievances.
Bandara said 30 university students were in police custody including IUSF Convener Udul Premaratne.
The IUSF vowed to continue with its struggle to secure the release of the university students in police custody.