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* Students of Rajarata University in Sri Lanka defy court order, continue with sathyagraha
Tue, Feb 18, 2014, 11:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 18, Colombo: A Satyagraha (sitting-in protest) launched by a group of students of Sri Lanka's Rajarata University continued for the 70th day despite a court directive to discontinue the protest.

Secretary of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) which is behind the protest has told local media the allegation that the students have assaulted a youth in the village was a rumor aimed to disrupt their protest and the campaign will continue until their demands are met.

Mihinthale Police said a 20-year-old youth from Ambathalawa in Mihinthale yesterday lodged a complaint that he was assaulted by the protesting students. The youth has been admitted to the Mihinthale Hospital after lodging the complaint with the police.

The students are protesting the banning of 27 students from attending lectures and demanding the authorities to reinstate the suspended colleagues.

The Mihinthale Police had on Thursday (13) dismantled a platform set up by the university students in front of the university for the protest following a Court Order by the Anuradhapura Additional Magistrate and arrested eight students.

The students were later released on bail by the Anuradhapura Magistrate after warning them not to engage in the protest that disrupts public peace.

However, the students will continue their struggle until their demands are met, the student union representative has said.

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