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4 Tamil students arrested in Eastern Uni amidst protests

Four Tamil students have been arrested by police in Eastern University in Batticaloa, after defying a suspension and entering into the grounds of the University yesterday, reports Uthayan.

Eastern University's Vanthaarumoolai campus, has been the focus of protests and repeated closures, following an attack on Tamil students at a birthday party by Sinhala students, which left 7 Tamil students injured. (See here for more on TamilNet).

The arrest of the four students yesterday, all members of the Student Union, comes after students of the Union protested against the attempted reopening of the university this week.

They were accused of entering the university whilst on suspension, and allegedly attempting to hold meetings.

The students, Puvikumar, Manivannan, Thirukkumaran and the leader of the Student Union, Komahan, were suspended from lectures at the university and the student union dissolved, after the university administration accused the four students of causing problems and undertaking "unauthorised activities", BBC Tamil reported. 

Last month Sinhala students launched a protest against the suspension of the Sinhala students who have been accused of attacking the Tamil students, calling for the suspension to be lifted and for lectures to resume.