A group of thugs that broke into the hostel of University of Sabaragamuwa on the 3rd at about 2.00 a.m. has attacked a first year student of Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages. The thugs gagged the student, assaulted him, cut him with a sharp weapon and had fled.
The student was admitted to Pambahinna Hospital and had been transferred to Balangoda Hospital later. There had been five in the gang of thugs.
A student activist from University of Sabaragamuwa told ‘Lankatruth’ the attack had been carried out when students were getting ready for another round of struggles after the students councils were banned by authorities 509 days ago. He said authorities are engaged in a scheme to divert the attention of the public away from the issue.
The attack was carried out on Chandrakumar Sudarshan, a student from Muhamala in Jaffna and the thugs had put up posters with communal slogans in toilets of the hostel before fleeing. The slogans in broken English and Tamil say, “This is our country, Leave this place, you are tigers’.
According to the student who was attacked the gang of thugs that had come were sturdy and rugged men looking between the ages of 30 to 35 and one of the thugs had a tattoo mark on one of his hands.
Senior students of the University had prepared and carried out a programme regarding ‘sub-culture’ of the university and the history of the student struggle. However, university authorities, that had not been in favour of students getting united, had not given permission for the programme and had closed the university for 1 ½ months.
Students say the student who was attacked stayed in an external hostel but it gets protection from ‘Rakna Lanka’ security service. They say due to the security service no one could enter the hostel and the place where the attack took place was not more than 10 meters from the place where the security service is. This shows the attack had been carried out with a plan and the support of the officers of the security service.
Students also emphasize that the student movement in the country never allowed communal clashes in universities even during the ‘black july’ or during the 30 year separatist war.
Student activists say an agenda is being carried out by authorities to divert the attention of the issue of suspending studentship of 7 students and human rights violations being carried out in the University.
They said, as the student movement, they would be alert to the sinister moves the authorities are planning and are being carried out and pointed out the brutal attacks carried out by gangs of thugs and shooting incidents that occurred in front of the University were not accidental happenings.