Muslim and Tamil students at the University of Peradeniya were attacked by Sinhala students on Monday night.
The group, made up of 15 Tamil students and one Muslim student were set upon by a gang of Sinhala youths as they made their way back from a Hindu temple and a mosque. Female students in the group were told to leave the scene by the gang before they assaulted the Tamil-speakers with clubs.
One Muslim student reportedly suffered a serious head wound, alongside five others who were seriously injured in the attack.
Meanwhile Adaderana reported the president of the students’ union at the university as denying there was any racial element to the attack, and dismissing the notion as “baseless rumours”. Sri Lankan police have reportedly begun an inquiry.