Security staff at the Eastern University in Batticaloa were attacked by Sinhalese students when a protest against the university’s administration turned violent on Tuesday, reports Battinatham.com.
Two of the security staff were hospitalised, including one female member of staff.
The Sinhalese students had reportedly protested for several days demanding accommodation and for academic suspensions to be revoked.
Claiming they had been ignored by the administration, the students blockaded the administration building, and continue to occupy it, attacking security staff in the process.
Late night security staff reported they had received further threats from the students and temporarily took refuge at Eravur police station on Tuesday night.