Student shot dead at university in eastern Sri Lanka

August 22nd, 2008 - 11:20 am ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Aug 22 (DPA) A student belonging to the majority Sinhala community was shot dead at an university in predominantly Tamil minority eastern Sri Lanka by unidentified persons, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.The student, identified as a 27-year-old first year business management student attached to the Vandaramullai University in Batticaloa, was shot dead Thursday night.

The spokesman said it was not clear as to who was responsible for the shooting or the motive for the killing.

The shooting came as students belonging to the majority Sinhala community who have been selected to attend the university staged a protest in the capital, refusing to register at the university because they claim it is not safe.

The students selected to go to the university are asking the government to allow them to register in other universities in the south which are located in predominantly Sinhala areas.

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