Sri Lanka Army troopers opened fire at a
peaceful demonstration march by Jaffna University students and
staff, wounding at least seven demonstrators including Prof. N.
Perinpanathan, a Senior Lecturer, and a student leader of the
medical faculty T. Kandeepan. Professor C. Mohanadas, the Vice
Chancellor of the Jaffna University, Prof. R. Sivchandran, Dean
of Arts, and S. Kajendran, Jaffna MP were severely beaten by the
soliders. The demonstration march from Jaffna University towards
the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) did not proceed beyond
Parameswara Junction where the troopers began firing at the
demontrators around 11:00 a.m. Monday. Tension prevails in the
Sri Lanka Army troops at Parameswara Junction.
At least seven people were injured and rushed to
Jaffna Hospital. The demonstrators were scheduled to hand over
an appeal to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission protesting the
increased harassment by the Sri Lanka Army soldiers on the
student community in Jaffna and the alleged involvement of Sri
Lanka Navy men in
the killing of a young woman in Punguduthivu on Saturday.
Journalists covering the students demonstration were also
attacked by the soldiers at Parameswara junction.
Thinakural staff reporter Mr. N. Sabeswaran, Uthayan reporter N.
Pradeepan, Thinakaran (Lake House) reporter Wintson Jeyan and
Namathu Eelanadu reporter Mr. I. Jerad were beaten up by the
troopers. The soldiers also smashed their digital camera
equipments, media sources said. The peaceful demonstrators were
dispersed by the sudden gunfire and the attacks launched by the
Arts faculty student Mr. Thiruchenthuran, 22, and a
Management faculty student Mr. I. Senthil,23, were also among
the wounded admitted at the Jaffna Hospital, medical sources
Mr. T. Rooban, 38, who was driving the three-wheeler leading the
march with loudspeakers fixed on his vehicle to broadcast
slogans, was also attacked. The three-wheeler was also smashed
by the soldiers.
The Jaffna University Studentís Union has called for an
emergency meeting following the attack on the demonstration.
Meanwhile, a large number of autorikshaw drivers gathered in
front of the SLMM office at Temple road Monday noon to protest
against the recent attacks on their colleagues by SLA soldiers.