"IUSF now finds present regime worse than the previous"


By Dasun Edirisinghe

The present government was worse than the previous regime as it had launched a hunt for student leaders who campaigned against privatisation of education and private universities, the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) said yesterday.

Convener of the IUSF, Najith Indika, said the government was harassing not only student leaders but also their relatives. "My brother, too, was summoned to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to make a statement on Monday," he said, adding that his sibling was an undergraduate of Peradeniya University and not a student acitivist.

Indika said that the incumbent government had come to power promising democracy and good governance, but so far 12 undergraduates had been summoned to the CCD for organising student protests.

Four bhikkhu undergraduates had also been further remanded over organising a protest opposite the University Grants Commission (UGC), he said.

"This government is harassing undergraduates and their relatives to stop their struggle to protect free education and suppress those who have opposite political ideologies," Indika said.

Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera, contacted for comment, said that four student monks had surrendered to courts yesterday over the case of damaging the properties of the UGC during their protest on April 29. The court had remanded them.

He said that he was not aware about the CCD questioning 12 undergraduates.

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