Sabaragamuwa University undergraduate Shanthikumar Sudharshan who fell victim to a targeted attacks against students of Tamil ethnicity within the university earlier this week, has been arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) this morning.
The Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) states the student – a resident of Kilinochchi, who was hospitalized following the attack had been held in Police detention following his treatments and thereafter had been arrested by the TID for further interrogations today. It is interesting to note, the arrest is made just days after the University Vice-Chancellor who commented on the incident claiming he believes the attacks is a product of the group of Tamil students themselves in order to enter universities closer to their homes – a claim that was supported by Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake as well who stated at a media breifing last week that the student inflicted the cuts on himself.
Sudharshan had been attacked on Sunday (3) by a group of five masked men at the hostel premises while the Defence Ministry managed university security service – Rakna Lanka officials had been on duty. The student was found hours after the attack by his colleagues, gagged and lying unconscious with cut wounds all over his body. The same day, notices had been put up all over the hostel order every student of Tamil ethnicity to vacate the hostel premises and the university within the next ten days. The notice read that anyone who failed to obey the order would be shot to death and the female students to disobey would be raped.