Students at the Ruhuna University are currently engaged in a protest against the death of one of its university students last night due to injuries suffered by him following an assault by police officers.
Universities around the island have decided to raise white flags and mark their protest against the death of the university student due to assault by the police.
Ruhuna University student Susantha Aruna Bandara had succumbed to the injuries received on July 18th last night. Bandara had spent close to a month in hospitals receiving treatment for head injuries.
Inter University Students Federation (USF) Convener, Udul Premaratne told The Sunday Leader that Bandara had suffered sever head injuries when university students were assaulted by the police within the university hostel premises on June 18.
He said the students were assaulted when they had gone to the hostel to collect their belongings before leaving the university premises after the administration decided to close it following a students protest on June 18.
“The police has continuously assaulted university students and the matter has been raised even with the IGP, but nothing was done. Now a student has died due to injuries suffered due to a police assault,” Premaratne said.