Japura alleged ragging incident: Police take fingerprints off tyre

ECONOMYNEXT – Police investigators have taken fingerprints off the tyre that grievously injured Sri Jayawardenapura University undergraduate Pasindu Hirushan, the Police Media Division said.

Hirushan, a first-year student at the university’s management faculty was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Colombo National Hospital after an alleged incident of university ragging that involved a tractor-tyre last week.

Vice Chancellor Prof Sudantha Liyanage told reporters earlier that the student had suffered these injuries when said tyre was thrown at him from two stories above, during an event held last week.

The Sri Jayawardenapura University has started an internal inquiry into the incident, he added.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission said in a statement that an independent and impartial inquiry will be conducted to verify the alleged ragging involved in the incident.

However, Sri Jayawardenapura University Student Union President Nuwan Dissanayake told the media yesterday that they reject the allegations of ragging.

It was an unfortunate accident that occurred at an event organised by the junior batch and no kind of ragging was involved, he said.

A spokesperson for the National Hospital told EconomyNext that the situation of the student is still critical. (Colombo/Mar10/2020)

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