At least 20 Tamil undergraduates were injured when troops and police beat up stone-pelting students outside Jaffna university, a witness said. Police and troops had stormed university dormitories on Tuesday searching for Tamil Tiger propaganda after students tried to mark “heroes’ week” — the last week of November when Tiger guerrillas used to commemorate fallen comrades, AFP reports. “The students gathered inside the university and came out to protest the military action (of Tuesday) when fighting erupted (on Wednesday),” a witness said, asking not to be identified. He said the vehicle of a local Tamil legislator was also damaged as he tried to stop the violence. Tuesday’s incident degenerated into a bigger confrontation on Wednesday as students protested at the military intrusion into their hostels, leaving more than 20 students injured, witnesses said. Sri Lanka partially lifted a state of emergency in August last year after 2009, but heavily armed troops and paramilitary police units are often deployed in Tamils area. Jaffna, the cultural capital of the island’s ethnic Tamil minority, who seek for independent state, was once run a separate state by the LTTE. The latest clashes between the troops and students came amid international calls to de-militarise Jaffna, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo, and ease restrictions on the civilian population. Meanwhile, four students were arrested by military. Pictures published on TamilNet and some Sri Lankan media shows police beating students. On Tuesday, soldiers entered hostels in Jaffna University and attacked students, after lamps of sacrifice were lit. Temple bells across Jaffna were tolled at 18:07, the time at which Lt Shankar died on November 27, 30 years ago. TamilNet reports that military personnel were also stationed around the houses of TNPF politicians Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Kajendran Selvarajah. The recent United nation report has says that the U.N. failed civilians by leaving the area in 2009. Then Sri Lankan forces killed more than 145,000 Tamil civilians but now again Sri Lankan government continues its war against Tamils, a Tamil activist told to the Eelam-e-News. “If the U.N. has made a mistake, they must pursue that course of action,” he added.]]>

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