Many quarters of the society have condemned the police attack on the HNDA students when they staged a protest in front of the Higher Education Ministry yesterday.
Among the factions who criticized the attack by the police are political parties, civil organizations and trade unions.
Several protests were also held in various parts of the island against the attack by the police on HNDA students.
Nine students were injured when police fired tear gas, water canon and baton charged the students.
Six policemen were also injured during the incident.
Later police arrested 39 protesting students, and they were released on bail when they were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate this morning.
At the same time, a media conference was convened today at the Police headquarters to explain the police action taken during the student protest yesterday.
Besides the police media spokesman, several other senior police officers including Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Pujitha Jayasundera and DIG in charge of Colombo District Gamini Mathurata were present.
Addressing the media, Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Pujitha Jayasundera said that a report with regard to the incident has been submitted to the IGP.
Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella issued a media communiqué with regard to the police attack on HNDA students.
He said it is a futile attempt to stage protests of this nature as the ministry has already agreed to fulfill the demands by the HNDA students.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed minister of Law and Order Thilak Marapana to submit him a report on yesterday’s police attack on HNDA students.
Accordingly, the Law and Order Ministry stated that it has asked a report from the IGP in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile protests were held by University students and HNDA students throughout the country today condemning the police attack on HNDA students in front of Higher Education Ministry.
Leader of the MEP, MP Dinesh Gunawardana stated that he expects to ask for a debate regarding the incident.