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Sri Lanka shuts down Jaffna University and demands CCTV footage after LTTE leader birthday

File Photo: V. Prabhakaran Birthday Celebrations at Jaffna University in 2018

Sri Lankan police and Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers have shut down University of Jaffna campus after students cut a cake to celebrate the 67th birthday of LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran earlier today, in a secret ceremony held on the campus grounds.

“By the afternoon, everyone was chased out,” university sources told the Tamil Guardian. “The police told the [university] security not to allow anyone inside [and] CID and police are outside the university […] it’s a risky situation right now”

Police have reportedly accessed CCTV camera footage, to identify those students who took part in the secret ceremony.

File Photo: V. Prabhakaran Birthday Celebrations at Jaffna University in 2018

This week, Sri Lankan police sought court injunctions to ban Maaveerar Naal commemoration events throughout the North East. Whilst numerous activists and politicians, from across Tamil parties, reported an increase in surveillance and intimidation by security forces ahead of Maaveerar Naal on the 27th. 

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