Academic activities at the Jaffna Universty re-commenced on the 8th following pressure from Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Jaffna Commanding Officer Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and Higher Edcuation Minister S.B. Dissanayake. During a discussion between the university administration and lecturers and students union members on the 7th, the student union leaders have categorically stated that they would not attend any lecturers until the university students who are in military custody are released. Academic activities in the Jaffna University came to a standstill after security forces personnel attacked the university students twice on November 26th and 27th and the Terrorism Investigations Department (TID) arrested and detained several university students on a directive by the Defence Secretary. The university students in custody have been sent to the Welikanda military camp. The government exerted pressure on the university administration to re-commence its activities. During a discussion between the Jaffna University Vice Chancellor and the Defence Secretary, the latter had demanded that the university re-commence its activities before the students are released. Major General Hathurusinghe during a discussion with the university administration had also demanded that the university re-commence its activities. However, the university administration had decided to re-commence academic activities. However, a university lecturer who spoke to the Colombo media said that a large number of students had not attended lecturers today.]]>


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