‘STERN AC­TION AGAINST UN­RULY STU­DENTS’

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHATURANGA PRADEEP

DIG Priyan­tha Jayakody yes­ter­day said po­lice would not hes­i­tate to take stern ac­tion against stu­dents and sup­port­ers who vi­o­late the law dur­ing the up­com­ing big match sea­son.

While ad­dress­ing me­dia at the Crim­i­nal Record Di­vi­sion (CRD) DIG Jayakody said po­lice did not try to take stern ac­tion dur­ing pre­vi­ous traf­fic law vi­o­la­tions by stu­dents and that they could not al­low such in­ci­dents to hap­pen con­tin­u­ously.

He said stu­dents could con­duct their ve­hi­cle pa­rades but there should be a limit. If any stu­dent group or sup­port­ers vi­o­late any traf­fic rule or be­have caus­ing in­con­ve­nience to the pub­lic, the po­lice will not hes­i­tate to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion against them as to pro­tect the law and or­der in the coun­try.

DIG Jayakody said stu­dents in for­eign coun­tries like Asian and Euro­pean coun­tries used to hold ve­hi­cle pa­rades on be­half of their schools. But they never tried to hold their pa­rade caus­ing any dam­age to pub­lic prop­erty or in­con­ve­nienc­ing the pub­lic.

Dur­ing the clash be­tween two na­tional schools in Colombo on Wed­nes­day they dam­aged pub­lic prop­erty.

“Fif­teen stu­dents were ar­rested. Ten stu­dents were pro­duced be­fore the Mali­gakanda Mag­is­trate who or­dered to pro­duce them again in courts with Rs 100,000 surety bail. The re­main­ing five stu­dents were or­dered to be pro­duced in the Hulfts­dorp court to­day,” the DIG said.

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