Colombo, Oct 25 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s former war torn north, shut down on Tuesday, following the deadly shooting of two university students in Jaffna last week.
Roads remained deserted as people took part in a ‘hartal’, keeping shops and schools closed, in order to protest against the death of the university students.
Northern Provincial Council member, M.K. Sivajilingam told NIA that only emergency medical units were functioning on Tuesday morning while Jaffna town remained entirely closed.
“We will continue this hartal till late Tuesday, as a form of protest against the shooting of the two university students. We want justice and we want the state to end discrimination against the Tamils,” Sivajilingam said.
The two youth were shot dead by the police after they reportedly failed to stop when ordered to do so by the police in Kankasanturai, in the north, last week.
Five police officers were arrested over the incident and were immediately interdicted and were remanded by court.
President Maithripala Sirisena last week called for an impartial investigation into the death of the two youth. The the Criminal Investigations Department is conducting investigations.