Students stabbed and 20 arrested in rugby violence

By Shane Seneviratne

Twenty students were arrested after a row broke out following a rugby match between two leading Kandy schools yesterday – Dharmaraja College and Kingswood College. According to the police, several students suffered stab injuries during the clash.

The row began outside the ground, just after the incident-free match had ended. The row intensified in the vicinity of Torrington Park. The police said the injured students were from Dharmaraja College, and that most of the 20 arrested students were under the influence of liquor.

Four of the students were arrested while travelling in a bus, according to Chief Inspector Anurudda Bandaranayaka of the HQI office.

Meanwhile, in another weekend incident, police officers had allegedly assaulted a group of junior Kingswood College students and women passengers in a bus travelling along the Peradeniya Road.
DIG Kandy Pujitha Jayasundara told the Sunday Times that investigations would follow if he received a complaint.

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