Friday, September 18, 2009

Police arrest 12 undergrads after protest in Maharagama

Police have arrested 12 undergraduates after a violent protest during an attempted entry into the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine in Maharagama yesterday (Sept. 17).

The students from Sri Jayawardenapura University and some unemployed graduates had marched from the campus to the ministry at Nawinna.

They had been demanding the opening of the outpatients department at Ayurvedic Hospital in Borella.

They had reportedly attacked police and security personnel guarding the premises and damaged property.

According to police spokesman DIG Nimal Mediwake, police had arrived on the scene and taken measures to disperse the protestors.

Among the arrested is convener of Inter University Students Federation Udul Premaratne.

They will be produced before a magistrate, said the police spokesman.

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