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Update: University of Jaffna: Minister intervenes & promises, protest given up

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Updated: 12:02 GMT, Oct 31, 2016 | Published: 06:40 GMT, Oct 31, 2016 |
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Minister of Resettlement and Hindu Affairs, D.M.Swaminathan said the students who staged protest at the University of Jaffna to interrupt the activities of the university had agreed to give up the protest following a meeting with the student unions and the Vice-Chancellor.

The minister said there will be a special meeting in Colombo on Tuesday (Nov 1) with regard to the deaths of two students in Jaffna.

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan will meet the Vice-Chancellor and the representatives of the student unions, said Mr. Swaminathan.

Jaffna University: Students protest prevents administration, Vice-Chancellor, deans allowed inside

In the wake of the killing of two students of the University of Jaffna, students have been staging protest at the entrance of the university to obstruct the administration since this morning calling for genuine, transparent investigation into the deaths.

The students have allowed the Vice-Chancellor of the university Vasanthi Arasaratnam and Deans of the faculties to enter the university as there a meeting scheduled to be held between Minister of Resettlement D.M. Swaminathan and the VC and Deans this evening.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor had requested the reports present at the scene not to photograph and asked them to hand over the video cameras to her, said our regional correspondent.

There was a quarrel between the students and the Vice-Chancellor as the staff of the university were not allowed and kept outside.

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