The Moratuwa University has been closed indefinitely as students from the engineering faculty and the institute that offers national diploma in technology (NDT) said vice chancellor professor Ananda Jayawardane today (Jan 17.)
An engineering student was admitted to the
national hospital in critical condition after the fight. A NDT student
was arrested by Moratuwa police in connection with the assault and was
presented before Moratuwa district court today. He was remanded till
January 22. Another three engineering students were admitted to Colombo
and Kalubowila hospitals.
“I feel that the attack was initiated by
the NDT students,” Jayawardane said. Engineering students said that NDT
students came to the Hostel A last night at 10.30 pm and assaulted
around 40 students preparing for the final year exams. The clash which
ensued lasted around three hours and engineering students claim that
hundreds of armed NDT students attacked them. However only a few
students were wounded.
This incident was the outcome of a minor
incident that occurred on January 1, when an engineering student
collided wit a motorcycle driven by a NDT student. The two sides share a
history of animosity which dates a few decades back.