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Jaffna University students arrested on ‘terrorism’ charges

Colombo, Dec 2 (): Four students of Jaffna University have been arrested by The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) of Sri Lanka suspecting them to have indulged in terrorist activities.

The four students arrested by the TID are: Secretary of the Jaffna University Students’ Union, P. Darshanth, S.Soloman, Ganeshamoorthy Sudarshan and Kanakasuntharaswamy Janaka Jeyan.

News sources said that the four students are detained under charges of ‘terrorism’ and would be further investigated outside Jaffna.

TamilNet reports that a newly created paramilitary called Sri TELO is operating along with the Sri Lankan Army. The paramilitary is said to comprise of Tamils recently brought from camps in India. Sri TELO is believed to have opened a new office near the Jaffna University premises in a hurry. The Sri TELO representatives have lodged a complaint with the Sri Lankan police at Koappaay saying that the Jaffna University students have hurled petrol bombs at their office last Thursday following which the Sri Lankan Army stormed into the university dormitories. The police officials assert that they are investigating the students based on information of pro-LTTE activities in the university campus.

It may be recalled that the Sri Lankan Army ran riot in the Jaffna University premises when the students were planning peaceful candle-lit remembrances in honour of slain Tamil tiger rebels on Heroes’ Day, November 27. Twenty students were said to have been wounded in this violent clash.

Students of Jaffna University had boycotted classes last week protesting the brutal action of Sri Lankan Army. A teachers’ union in Sri Lanka, students of Sri Lanka University, students attached to Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) of Ruhuna University in Matara and Peradeniya University in Kandy have condemned the brutal attack on students and have staged demonstrations against the security forces.

Protesting students’ arrests, Tamil National Front, a Jaffna-based Tamil movement has planned to stage a huge demonstration tomorrow, Dec 3 against the Sri Lankan police.

The key Tamil opposition party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and a number of other Tamil political parties and civil society organizations have offered their support to the demonstration, according to organizers.

The clash between the university students and Sri Lankan Army is termed as the worst-ever conflict and the first flare-up of tension in the  island nation since the end of the bloody ethnic conflict in 2009.