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Tension in Vavuniya Campus as Sinhalese students attempting to place Buddha statue

Tension in Vavuniya Campus as Sinhalese students attempting to place Buddha statue

Vavuniya Campus of the Jaffna University has been closed indefinitely following tension caused by the administration banning attempts of Sinhalese students to place a Buddha Statue in the Campus.

The Sinhalese Students of the Faculty of Business Studies at Pampaimadu, Vavuniya had constructed a cage to place a Buddha statue, in the faculty. The Administration had banned this unauthorized construction and following melee the Sinhalese students have threatened the Administration.

However the students had removed the cage from the campus. Tension was caused there , following which the students had mobbed the campus office located at park Road

Because of the tension police was massed there and the campus had been closed indefinitely.

When contacted over this, the campus Administration said that, the Sinhalese students attempted to place a Buddha statue in the campus without approval. In a context where a place of worship for all four religions had been organized, the attempts of some of the Sinhalese students to place a Buddha statue without obtaining the approval of the Administration had a possibility of creating unrest in the Campus.

Hence we prevented that attempt. During this threats were levelled against us by the Sinhalese students. Following the tension caused by the prevention of the illegal attempt by the Sinhalese students the Campus was declared closed. At the same time all students occupying the hostel had been asked to vacate the hostel.


4 thoughts on “Tension in Vavuniya Campus as Sinhalese students attempting to place Buddha statue

  1. Peter Schalk

    It is not clear if the Sinhala students wanted to place a buddha image at the spot where all other religions were represented, but without permission, or at a separate spot without permission.

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      1. Peter Schalk

        It is not clear if the Sinhala students wanted to place a buddha image at the spot where all other religions were represented, but without permission, or at a separate spot without permission.

        Reply

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