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“Army Doesn’t Want to Get Involved in University Affairs” – Jaffna Commander

[2012-12-05 17:35:28]

In 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made by the Vice Chancellor University of Jaffna, military personnel deployed in the vicinity of the University was withdrawn by the Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) after a meeting of University authorities with the SF-J Commander on Tuesday (04) afternoon.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.

Army personnel 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.

During the 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.

“Army has 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.

The University 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.

SF-J Commander 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.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe promised to put his maximum effort to get the three students now in Police custody released as soon as possible.

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