Four fresh undergraduate cadets of the Kotelawala Defence University have been admitted to the military hospital with serious injuries following an alleged ragging incident within the Academy premises, military sources said.
*Army ragging/File photo
One student is said to be in a critical condition as his spinal code has been extensively damaged, sources at the military hospital said.
The ragging had been done by some senior students.
However, in an attempt to cover up the mess, a few more fresher’s had been subjected to deliberate attacks in order to divert attention and portray it as a clash among the fresher’s, a senior military official added.
“Some seniors have attacked these juniors with iron bars after tying them to beds,” the official said.
“These incidents have never happened within KDU, and this is extremely disturbing. Furthermore, the attempts by the top brass to cover the incident are pathetic,” he said.
The parents of the injured students had been barred from visiting their children at the military hospital. A two-member court marshal has been appointed to investigate the incident.
Colombo Telegraph has been unable to reach the military spokesperson for comment.