(Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe)

A police water cannon in action during yesterday’s (29) protest by Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) students in front of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Several students were injured when police used water cannon, tear gas and subsequently a baton charge to break up the protest. Police have denied allegations of police brutality in breaking up the protest and have insisted they only used ‘minimum force’.