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* Sri Lanka's restive Rajarata University to reopen Monday, teachers to refrain from work
Sun, Jun 29, 2014, 08:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Rajarata University, which was closed until further notice following student unrest ill re-commence its academic activities on Monday, the University administration announced.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ranjith Wijewardena has announced that accordingly, lectures will commence in four faculties.

The University was closed for students after hundreds of students took the Vice Chancellor and several academic staff hostage and detained for 23 hours demanding the administration to lift a suspension that was imposed by the university authorities on 28 of their colleagues six months ago.

Tensions rose as the riot police were called in to free the hostages and police beefed up security in around the University. The administration closed the University until further notice for the safety of the lecturers and University staff.

The Students Union presented seven demands in writing and discussion was held on these demands. Vice-Chancellor and the staff members were released after authorities agreed to six of the demands.

However, the Teachers Union of the Rajarata University has said that they will not conduct academic and administrative activities when the University reopens tomorrow as the situation still remains volatile and threatening to their lives.

Meanwhile, a stage in front of the University that was used by the students to protest their suspension was set on fire early this morning by an unidentified group.

The Chairman of the Students Union of the Rajarata University Dinesh Kumara said the Vice Chancellor should be responsible for the threat to the lives of the students.

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