A complaint has been lodged with the Human Rights Commission against the arrest of six university students returning from a protest by Tamil dairy farmers at Mailattamadu.

Students of the Eastern University lodged the complaint with the HRC’s Batticaloa office on 06 November.

Speaking to the media thereafter, student leader K. Robinson said they strongly condemned the arrests.

Students of Jaffna and Eastern universities extended support to the dairy farmers on an indefinite protest to demand the return of their pastures taken over by Sinhalese for Chena cultivation.

On November 05, students were returning from attending that protest, when police stopped their bus at Sandiveli in Jaffna and took them into custody for not having student identity cards in their person.

Produced before courts, they were enlarged on sureties of Rs. 100,000 each.

Jaffna university student leader Alagarasa Vijayakumar said police action would make them more determined and stronger.

It is alleged that Sinhalese have captured 2,500 acres of pastures for Chena cultivation, denying feed for cattle owned by Tamils.


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