Sanath Jayasuriya accused of attacking Srilankan students

Former cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya is accused of attacking Sri Lankan Undergraduates. Jayasuriya is also a minister in the Sri Lankan government. The opposition, Janatha Vimukthi Party (JVP) accused Jayasuriya of leading the attack against the students.

Jayasuriya who hails from Matara is the Deputy Minister of Postal Services in the central government. He has been accused of leading the attack on Ruhuna University students.

The students were believed to have opposed the government’s plan to hold an annual development exhibition within the varsity premises. The students, backed by JVP, claims that the exhibition would be a wasteful extravagance destroying the aesthetic beauty of the university site.

Former cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya

Former cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya

A group of students from the university, however, claimed they were attacked by pro-government supporters on Monday.

People prefer the exhibition inside the premises but mybe relocated elsewhere because of the students’ protests.

Jayasuriya, who currently is the Chairman of selectors, denied the accusations, saying he merely went to participate in the protest launched by villagers. “I am the area MP. I was only participating in a protest organised by the local residents against the university students. I did not attack anyone and was not present at the time of the alleged assault,” the Sri Lanka Freedom Party lawmaker said.

Sharanya Bharathwaj