Kelaniya University closed indefinitely following the removal of CCTV cameras

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The administration of Sri Lanka’s Kelaniya University has decided to close the university indefinitely from 8 am tomorrow following the removal of the CCTV cameras installed in the campus premises by the students.

The studentship of 25 students identified as the ones involved in removing the CCTV cameras have been suspended for two years.

Accordingly, the university administration has decided to ban the students from attending classes for two years.

Steps have been taken to immediately re-install the removed CCTV cameras while the investigations are still continuing.

Meanwhile, the Kelaniya University Dalugama campus has been temporarily closed.

The Dalugama Campus of the University of Kelaniya has been declared a prohibited area for students from 8am tomorrow as the academic year 2017 – 2018 ends tomorrow. Accordingly, all students are instructed to leave their hostels before 8.00 am tomorrow.

The University of Kelaniya also announced that all weekend, postgraduate, diplomas and certificates courses and relevant exams will not be held until further notice.

Meanwhile, 16 students have been arrested and remanded in connection with the CCTV incident. They may be charged under the Public Property Act, Higher Education Ministry said.

It has been reported that the students had removed the cameras claiming that authorities were making use of the cameras to monitor their activities and suppress them.

Authorities denying the claim have said that the cameras were installed to prevent ragging.

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