Six teachers given lightning transfers

Bandaranaike College rioters identified

By Hemantha Randunu

Forty nine students of the Gampaha Bandaranaike College who rioted on Monday morning demanding the removal of the school principal, caused damage to school property and assaulted journalists, parents, and old boys who rushed to the school on hearing of the disturbance would be arrested soon, the police said.

In the meantime six teachers of the school have been transferred out with immediate effect by the Education Ministry.

The school’s four cadet platoons who led the mutiny have been banned for five years and among the six teachers given lightning transfers are two teachers who were in-charge of the cadet platoons.

While the police have identified the cadets as leading the disturbance, investigators are also probing those who instigated the students to riot.

The Police investigators have identified from video footage the students who pelted stones and other missiles and behaved in a despicable manner.

Three victims of their assault, two journalists and another student have been hospitalised.

Among the school property damaged by the rioting students had been its CCTV unit.

Western Province North Deputy Inspector General of Police L.G. Kularatne contacted by The Island in this regard said that it would be a dangerous trend to allow students to behave in such manner.

Failure to act decisively against them would lead to a bad precedent, the DIG said.

Therefore, he said all the ring leaders who led the riot should be arrested and the law should be applied to the maximum against them.

According to school sources it was likely to be reopened on March 10.

Meanwhile in order to resolve the tense situation prevailing in the school a meeting of students, parents and old boys has been scheduled for today by the Old Boys Union.

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