At least two policemen were injured when a group of Jaffna University students along with some other militant youth attacked a police jeep and tried to set it on fire yesterday in front of the Jaffna University, Police said.
They said that around 11.30 a.m. a group of Policemen had gone to the quarters of the University in a Jeep to hand over a document to one of the lecturers over a complaint against him.
Soon after the jeep entered the premises, a group of students and some other outsiders with clubs, chains and stones started attacking the vehicle and damaged it badly, police said. The attackers had tried to abduct the policemen and set fire to the jeep, forcing the police to open fire in the air, they said. Later the police riot squad and troops were called to the scene, to disperse the attackers and rescue the policemen, they said.
Police said they arrested a lecturer and a student who were to be produced before a magistrate yesterday. Military Spokesman Daya Ratnayake said the military had taken steps to rescue the policemen after a group surrounded the jeep and attacked the policemen.
Meanwhile Tamil net reported that hundreds of troops entered the premises of the University of Jaffna yesterday opened fire in the air, fired tear gas and attacked the students.
The soldiers arrested Manickavasagar Ilampirayan, the lecturer of physical education and a student, Mr. Gowri Senthooran, university staff said.
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission officials rushed to the site to defuse the tension Tamil net said. The University administration has condemned the conduct of the soldiers, who entered the university premises for the first time since 1995.
This came after a police vehicle was stoned and damaged outside the university premises around 11.30 a.m. yesterday, the Tamil net said.
The arrested lecturer Mr. Ilampirayan is the brother of Vavuniya District Judge M. Ilanacheliyan.