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Sri Lanka: Students protest over killing of two Tamil students in police firing

The protesters were demanding the filing of murder charges against the policemen responsible for the firing and adequate compensation for the families of the killed students. (Representative Image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka Oct 24, 2016, 12.02 PM (IST)

Students of Jaffna University in Sri Lanka staged a protest today over the killing of two Tamil students in police firing.

 

The students held a march and blocked the main A9 highway to demand justice for the two fellow students who were killed last week. 

 

The students held placards and sat outside the Jaffna District Secretariat, Sri Lankan daily, the ColomboPage reported. 

 

The protesters were demanding the filing of murder charges against the policemen responsible for the firing and adequate compensation for the families of the slain students.

 

They handed over a petition to the district secretaries of Jaffna and Kilinochchi urging the government to take action against the firing. 

 

Six Tamil political parties will stage a similar protest tomorrow, Indian news agency Press Trust of India reported. 

 

The two students, 23-year-old Nadarasa Kajan and 24-year-old Pavunraja Sulaxan were killed in the wee hours of Friday when they were traveling on a motorcycle in Kankasanthurai, the ColomboPage reported.

 

Police said the students had defied the order to halt their motorcycle at a roadblock checkpoint.

 

Five policemen have been remanded until November 4 following the shooting incident. 

 

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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