20 April, 2019

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Jaffna University Students Boycott Lectures; Demand To Meet President

Following the killing of two students in Jaffna by the police last week, students of the Jaffna University have been boycotting lectures, demanding a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena.

MaithripalaThe Students Union of the Jaffna University has already handed over a letter requesting the University authorities to schedule a meeting between the union and the President. The union is to request Sirisena, for an impartial inquiry into the incident and also seek compensation for the families of the two victims, who were 23 years old and 24 years old at the time of their death. Several thousand students studying at various faculties at the university are taking part in the boycott.

23 year old Natarajan Kajan and 24 year old Pounraj Sulakshan who were traveling by motorbike were shot at by the Police on October 20, at the Kulappidi Junction roadblock in Jaffna, which resulted in the motorbike crashing onto a nearby wall. The postmortem report revealed that the rider had a bullet lodged in his chest, while the pillion rider suffered head injuries due to the bike crashing into the wall.

The 5 police officers who were behind the incident are currently remanded and Sirisena has ordered the CID to carry out an impartial investigation into the incident.

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    RE: Jaffna University Students Boycott Lectures; Demands To Meet President

    The Headline should have been:

    Jaffna University Students Boycott Lectures; Demands To Meet , the Traitor, “President” Gon Sirisena Gamarala, the supporter ot Crooks, criminals and killers.

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      Amarasiri,

      It’s a crying shame that we need to go down this road, after devoting so much time and energy to bring this crook into power.

      They say there is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. The baby, innocent MY3 face deceived us in lock stock and barrel, even Mr.Clean, for that matter.

      These two also turn out to be wolfs in sheep’s cloth, one protecting the most murderous, crooked and thuggish family and the other protecting the rogues in clean suit. Where do we go from here.

      The only hope is the civil disobedience, to bring these two opportunists to their senses. What a mess we have got ourselves into, then there is another set of rogues who want to bring Ali Baba back, to plunder, rape and murder with impunity.

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        One must sincerely hope these Consultants employed by the President and the
        P.M. must stress on the two to change their attitude for the betterment of
        civil society or face a very peaceful Ghandhian style uprising of immense
        proportions country-wide, which politics cannot overcome, as it will be driven by others than political party leaders. Please take this as a warning of
        CHANGES yet to come.

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    Students of the Jaffna University demands to meet the President.
    President should have met them soon after the incident to allay fears.
    It’s the country’s security services are causing havoc in the North?

    While the gangs and drug dealers solving their own differences in the South and particularly in Colombo , killing in numbers mercilessly , where are we heading President??
    Part of these gangs are operating in Jaffna under the guidance of Police , Army and the Navy. They’re Running around without number plates on their vehicles and calling themselves as AAVA.
    As the underworld controls the whole of Srilanka , they need to include the North too where they’re just recovering from the 40 year old war , the Colombo Slum gangs , and the drug gangs of the South have infiltrated the North to supply Drugs , Rape women and young girls , and Tarnish the North their culture , Education and the livelihood.

    Why President ? Why are you aiding and abetting and supporting this kind of Gangs and criminals??
    Have you not got the power to Control and Eradicate this Menace??
    We the people the law abiding ,for the love of our country VOTED FOR YOU HOPING YOU WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
    The President has not commented on his Son’s latest front line news of the disturbance at the Night Club.

    A ploy to make the Masses believe that the LTTE GANGS are out.
    When one in 10 are Policemen in the North how on earth the so called AAVA is operating???

    Think?? You people , not everything the Army and the Police say is gospel Truth.
    They are the liars of the Buddhist Nation while the Senile Prelates sleeps thinking the Lord Buddha’s Nation is safe in the hands of these murderers.

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      Dear Analyst,
      My previous comment about “A perfect analysis of the current events and the situation” was directed at you and not the article. So, accept my apologies.

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        Dear anonymous

        Point taken and thank you. I try to highlight the apparent truth to the masses, how everyone takes it and understands its up to their intelligence.
        All I urge every single SLankan to change the corrupt way of life and change our Nation SL to a better law abiding prosperous nation which had seen gradual destruction since the Independence in the 1940s.
        We need better solutions to solve the multitude of problems facing the country internally.
        We need to pave way for our future generations.

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        Dear anonymous

        Point taken and thank you. I try to highlight the apparent truth to the masses, how everyone takes it and understands , its up to their intelligence.
        All I urge every single SLankan to change the ( the corrupts and criminals ) way of life and change our Nation SL to a better law abiding prosperous nation which had seen gradual destruction since the Independence in the 1940s.

        We need better solutions to solve the multitude of problems facing the country internally.
        Our Rulers are ignoring the wishes of the people and surrendering to unwanted demands by the selfish groups , in the process the Rulers are letting the COUNTRY DOWN TO DESTRUCTION.

        We need to pave way for our future generations.
        HOW AND WHY ???
        It’s a worry which had been allowed to fester by the past and present governments.

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    A perfect analasys of the current events and the situation.

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    The President is busy protecting the armed forces from investigation of war crimes, which is required by the UNHRC resolution proposed by USA and Sri Lanka.
    Even investigations of improprieties with regard to procurement of arms and warplanes, are suppressed by him, to preserve the ‘image’ of the ‘heroes’.

    Hence he has no time for undergrads.

    He also ignores the reports by many UN Rapporteurs on the human rights situation in the country, especially faulting the police.
    The Welikada Prison Massacre has been suppressed, as it indicts police and STF of murdering prisoners, some even handcuffed.

    His call for “impartial” investigation into the deaths of the two undergrads is a sham.
    Soon, the case will be shifted to Anuradhapura courts, on the pretext that the alleged perpetrators are in prison there.
    A “suitable” magistrate will be enabled to hear the case, which will drag on for a long time.

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    ‘They are the liars of the Buddhist Nation while the Senile Prelates sleeps thinking the Lord Buddha’s Nation is safe in the hands of these murderers’

    SINHALA BUDDHIST ALONE (MAJORITY OF THEM SPECIALLY THE RULERS) IS THE VERY REASON FOR THE DOWN FALL OF THIS LAND. SO MUCH OF DEAL KARAYO, LIARS, TRAITORS , OPPORTUNIST ,JEALOUSY, ROGUES, THUGS , MURDERS EXT,

    WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS A LEADER WHO GETS HIS UPDATES/INFO THROUGH MEDIA ..1000 TALK 1 RUPEE ACTION ..

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      Wait and see…it will no be so long before these arsseholes screw each other and destabilize whatever left over.

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    Southern politicians need this sort of volatile situation in the north in order to distract the main problems.

    Hope the uni students concentrate on their education and leave it to Sambandan and sumanthiran.not wiggie at all he may bring it to standsill.

    We dosnt wants the horrible path we took.

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    If they boycott lectures, who would be the losers? The country, the President, the lecturers? A bird tells me that it is the students themselves, as well as other students with University potential that missed out on places because they were given to timewasters. Let them boycott classes and get old at home, and miss their queue in the job market. I won’t lose sleep over this.

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    This is the status of free education. After this kind of gmes, they all the best employment in the country and then their Tamil grievences too.

    Think, if they had to pay for education, would they waste money. Here,they don’t pay money and they are just spending others money for education, wasted electricity, salaries, and all other expenses- they don’t pay a cent.

    Because they are tamils every body has to pet them.

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      Utter Nonsence as always.
      Punnakku eating Modaya.

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      in response to shooting of the students you said : this kind of shooting is common in the West. You cited US to substantiate your claim.

      Guess what, there are no tuition fees in Scotland for universities. This kind of problem is common in the west. Stop whining

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      The Sinhala Goverment should allow American, UK, Indian….. universities open up their campuses in North. Those boys and girls are ready to borrow and study because when they complete they will get private sector jobs in those country in $ and Sterling pounds. Remember British time? No Kanagara’s tricky free education? Tamils were thriving? Go for it rather than howling of free monkey, Donkey and wild animals making Appe Aandu’s free education.

      .

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    The students protest is justifiable in a country where perpetrators, including those from the military and police, of crimes have been enjoying impunity for nearly 10 years. Many abductions, murders of innocent citizens are at large in the military and police establishments. Because this president, too, want to protect the alleged criminals in the establishment people are suspicious of his intension. They rightly fear that this ‘investigation’, too, will be aborted somewhere along the line.

    Most of the comments above are critical of the present president Maithiripala Sirisena. Some of them may be prejudicial and some genuine. He has to demonstrate that he is serious about doing justice to the victims of shooting and their loved ones. The parents of these students would have dreamed of their better future and now they are shattered due to the irrational conduct of few policemen who might have either simply exceeded their guidelines or connived with the military who move heaven and earth to prolong their stay in the north to continue with their illegal activities such as running hotels, doing agriculture of grabbed lands and occupation of seized houses.

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      Soro
      The president should not interfere at all. Why should the president of the country get involved every time a tamil is killed? And this tamil did not abide by the law at the check point. That mounts to criminal activity. If the students boycott classes that is their decision. If that leads to further disruption of law and order, Tamils are responsible for the outcome. These type of activities are the ones that have led to racial riots in the past and blamed the Sinhalese. I have said this many times when Tamils complain about past riots.
      Rather than crying now you should advise Tamils to obey the law first.

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    The Killed is crime of Humanity.
    What ever race religion and other social differences remain in the social factors .
    Give lessons of killed of Millions of Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis and many Muslims by USA and UK said human crimes by leaders of world democrats undermined norms of Human Rights.

    The President has listen to them ,but tell to Tamil students that Terrorism has no relationship with Democracy even Capitalism.
    Therefor system of Terrorism and politics of Anarchism has undermined real struggle of Ours people of South or North.
    And Terrorism and Separatism will serve for USA and UK agenda of hegemonies power of politics.

    Having experiences South of JVP since 1965 and LTTE since late 1970tees, which has lost of hundred thousands of youth has been killed in both in action of Terrorism that we are not gain any thing except pain of life of JVP or LTTE members and their families.

    That is message should give to Tamil students by MS of President of SL.

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    It is not a fair demand by the Jaffna UNI students to meet the President right away by boycotting classes, upsetting the UNI programmes. This case is in the hands of responsible people like
    TNA, IGP, N/E, Provincial governors and CMs and they will ensure
    that the families of these two victims are adequately compensated
    and a through investigation is under way to find the motive behind
    the shooting of one of deceased boys.

    If the above authorities fail to act within a reasonable time, the
    UNI boys have every right to ask for an interview with the President
    as the victims are colleagues of the same UNI. They should not jump
    the gun and spoil the case.

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      Really?
      TNA has absolutely no power in Jaffna or anywhere else. Same goes for the provinsial council. After the new goverment the Nothern Chief finally got the power to appoint a scretary of his choice which he couldn’t do all that time. It is the military that calls the shots, aided by Tamil Gangster group sponsored by SL military intelligance with the blessings of the former regime (Like the notorious ‘AVA’ group by Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe). Even after the goverment changed, the military intelligence is still pretty much under the control of people loyal to the the former regime.The police in Jaffna cannot even lift a finger even against those Tamil Gangs sponsored by Gota’s men. What is the point of talking to the IGP then? It was maithree who recenlty worried about military intelligence personal who are responsible for killing journalists. So the students sholdn’t be blamed for wanting to ask some questions.

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        I meant it was Maithree who was worried that Military intelligence personal are under arrest for too long! Even though they are accused of killing innocent journalists like Lasantha. He as so sad that those murderers are under arrest for 9 months! Lasantha’s kids and Prageeth’s kids have to live with the life long pain of living without their father!

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    President on a jiffy meets with the Rogues in the Joint Opposition. Why is he taking so long to meet with the students? There is news that the President even met with the murderer
    Gotabaya.

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    President of the country shold not meet with anybody. As far as we know the individual has not abide by the law enforcement at the check point. That was their perogrative hence got shot. If I was manning a check point I would have done the same. The problem is either these individuals were on for something scinister or think they are above the law. It is a good lesson for Tamils in the north. Whether you like it or not abide by the law first. If not face the consequences.

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    I wonder as to why our President or someone on his behalf, had not ordered the release of the 5 policemen arrested for the murder of 2 university students, be released , at least on bail

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      Not a smart post.
      Presidents have no right to order release of suspects from a court of law. Lawyers are there for that.

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    eusense

    “And this tamil did not abide by the law at the check point. That mounts to criminal activity.”

    DIG of Jaffna and IGP have insisted that the police have no authority to shoot anyone for traffic offence.

    “The IGP Jayasundara insisted the police had no authority to shoot at unarmed citizens and even if they were bound to they had to use the least force, which will not result in death”.

    So you are not right to say that what the students did was “amount to criminal activity”.

    You must accept those in power and have a duty to uphold the law.

    Of course, no one should commit even traffic offence. Every one should be abide by the law and the law enforcement officers should not take law into their hands and kill people. That was exactly what happened during the period of familial rule. It will take time for the military and police to learn to follow the rules and law because the present president will see to it that impunity is guaranteed to them.

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      saro
      You need to be smarter than that. It was not a traffic offense these individual were involved in. It was a security check point, and every vehicle has to stop when signaled to do so.
      How on earth will a Police officer know those individuals were unarmed?? Specially in Jaffna which was a terror hub for over 30 odd years.
      Please don’t act naive. If I was that officer I would have done the same. It is moronic to even suggest that they purposely killed these individuals because they were Tamil. Are you suggesting that if they were Sinhalese he wouldn’t have shot at them????

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        Eusense

        Those police officers were arrested for killing the students.

        Moreover, the government agreed to compensate to the loved ones for the murder.

        You say “It is moronic to even suggest that they purposely killed these individuals because they were Tamil.”
        Nowhere I mentioned Tamil or Sinhalese in my response but you did say “this tamil did not abide by the law” , he was a student first and then a Tamil. You let your prejudice out spontaneously.

        IGP and DIG aught to know the law more than MR supporters. They pointed their fingers at the [olice and not the students.

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