Police on today utilized water cannons and fired tear gas on protesting unemployed graduates who demanded jobs in the State sector.

The protest march commenced this afternoon from near the Colombo Fort Railway Station and had continued towards the Lotus Roundabout when the riot Police dispersed the protest.

The protest cum march was to demonstrate that there were vacancies prevailing in the public sector which the Combined Union of Unemployed Graduates demanded the Government fill with unemployed graduates.

The protesters’ who charged that the Government had failed to fulfill a promise made of providing jobs to unemployed graduates, were scheduled to handover a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office and to the Presidential Secretariat.

A few individuals have sustained injuries and have been hospitalized to have the wounds treated.

The Police Media Unit informed that three including two males and one female had been arrested in relation to the incident, adding also that they could not comment on the hospitalizations.