May 18, Colombo: The court has remanded eight university students who were arrested for unlawful behavior during yesterday's protest march till tomorrow, the Police said.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara ordered to remand the eight students including a student monk until 19th May when the police produced them before the judge on Wednesday night at his official residence.
Thousands of students of the Inter University Students Federation along with the students of Student Activists Committee of the Medical Faculty in Colombo defied a court order banning the protest and marched through the streets of Colombo Wednesday to demand the government to abolish the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters when they approached the Vihara Maha Devi Park.
In the ensuing clash, five police officers were injured trying to disperse the protesters and admitted to the hospital while the IUSF alleged that over 10 students suffered injuries due to Police assaults.
Following a request made by Police stating that the protest will lead to hindrances to peace and daily activities of the public, Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe issued an order banning the protest planned by the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna affiliated student union.
The Court issued an order banning the staging of processions or protest campaigns opposite the National Hospital, the Eye Hospital and the Higher Education Ministry.
However, the students defying the court order staged the protest march blocking the roads near the hospital complex and severely inconveniencing the public and motorists.