Thirty one (31) undergraduates, including two female students, of the Ruhuna University, were hospitalised following a mini battle between two rival student groups in the wee hours of yesterday.
`More than 60 Science union undergraduates assaulted the members of Students Council around 1.00 a.m. yesterday. They were supported by outsiders who carried fire arms. They fired into the sky and cornered all student council members into the Gym before assaulting them with clubs,` Convenor of the Inter University Students Federation, Duminda Nagamuwa told The Island.
Police confirmed the allegation raised by the student activist but said that according to eye witnesses and the injured, the attackers wore masks thus identification would be difficult. They added that none was arrested by the time this edition went to the press.
`Some attackers had used fluorescent bulb tubes to attack our members,` Nagamuwa alleged. `We demand the authorities to apprehend the culprits and take punitive actions against them,` he said.
Undergraduates of the Ruhuna University demonstrated opposite the university entrance, during the lunch hour yesterday, in protest against the university administration`s inability to provide security to the students. `Our members were there in the university that night making preparations and decorating halls for a get-to-gather function of the first year students. They came under a merciless attack by armed thugs. University security officers could not stop Science undergrads bringing in armed and masked outsiders into the campus premises,` Nagamuwa alleged.
Registrar of the university K. D. Dumindasena said that there would be an internal inquiry after the police investigations into the clash. He said that maximum security had been provided to the students. `We still do not know who led the attack because the attacker are said to have worn masks. It is unfair to accuse a group of students,` he said.
Dumindasena said that the Vice Chancellor of the university was abroad and the Deputy vice Chancellor was not available since he was attending an academic session at the Mapalana Campus of the university yesterday.