Female lecturer injured by law student's knife attack undergoes surgery

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 - 19:14


An urgent surgery was done on Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Open University Yashodhara Kadirgamartambi after she was stabbed within the University premises in Navala today.


Director of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe told our news team that the dean who was brought to hospital with severe cut injuries is receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit.


Dean Yashodhara Kadirgamartambi was stabbed today afternoon in front of the reception of the Faculty of Human and Sociological Studies.


The culprit has been identified as Siva Gnanasundaram Surendrajith. He is a registered medical practitioner passed out from the University of Jaffna and law student of the Open University.    


The suspect, a resident of Kilinochchi wanted to submit a mandatory project report yesterday after its closing date was over.


Suspect Siva Gnanasundaram Surendrajith has stabbed the Dean as she has rejected the project report saying it was against the University regulations.


Police suspect that Siva Gnanasundaram has committed the crime to take revenge from the Dean for refusing his project report.


Director of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe described our news team the condition of Dean Yashodhara Kadirgamartambi.




Our news team also contacted Vice Chancellor of the Open University Dr. Vijitha Nanayakkara.




Meanwhile after committing the crime, the suspect had tried to commit suicide by swallowing a variety of pills.


However the students in the surrounding have stopped him and handed him over to the police.


Later the suspect was admitted to Kalubovila Teaching Hospital and currently receiving treatment under police guard.


Director of the Kalubovila Hospital Dr. Lionel Munasinghe said that the suspect is out of danger.




 Meanwhile Open University Vice Chancellor Dr. Vijitha Nanayakkara said that henceforth the University Authorities are compelled to body check the students before they enter the university premises.



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