15 STU­DENTS RE­LEASED ON BAIL

Ananda, Na­landa clash

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­SHANA SAN­JEEWA AND SHE­HAN CHAMIKA SILVA

Fif­teen stu­dents - eight from Ananda Col­lege and seven from Na­landa Col­lege - who were ar­rested by the Po­lice in con­nec­tion with Wed­nes­day’s clash that oc­curred in Borella and Maradana Po­lice ar­eas, were re­leased on bail yes­ter­day, Po­lice said.

Ten stu­dents ar­rested by the Maradana Po­lice were pro­duced be­fore the Mali­gakanda Mag­is­trate and were re­leased on surety bail of Rs. 100,000 each. The Mag­is­trate or­dered to file the case on May 24.

Five Na­landa Col­lege stu­dents who were ar­rested by the Borella Po­lice were also or­dered to be re­leased on bail by Colombo Ad­di­tional Mag­is­trate Ranga Dis­sanayake. They were re­leased on surety bail of Rs. 100,000 each.

Borella Po­lice brought charges un­der the Pe­nal Code against the sus­pects for dam­ag­ing an SLTB bus and as­sault­ing stu­dents of Ananda Col­lege. Be­fore re­leas­ing the sus­pects, the Mag­is­trate strictly warned them to avoid vi­o­lence.

The Mag­is­trate ob­served that th­ese stu­dents would not be re­manded even if the charges are brought un­der Pub­lic Prop­erty Act, be­cause the dan­ger of mix­ing them with other sus­pects in the re­mand cus­tody. At least eight stu­dents were hos­pi­talised af­ter a clash be­tween stu­dents of Ananda and Na­landa Col­leges in Colombo on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. A CTB bus and an­other pri­vate bus were dam­aged due to the clash in Borella while a car and a van were dam­aged in Maradana.

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