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Day-to-day activities came to a standstill in the Northern Province on October 25 when the public expressed their anger and frustration on the killing of two Jaffna University undergraduates by closing down all operations in the peninsula.

Earlier last week, a massive protest launched by university students affected vehicular traffic along the A9 Highway. The deaths of the two students created shockwaves
island-wide and resulted in widespread concerns over the situation in the North. The story took yet another turn when two off-duty policemen were attacked on October 23.

Nadaraja Kajan and Puvanraj Sulakshan were allegedly shot by Police in Kankesanthurai when they were travelling on a motorbike. The incident was initially reported as an accident. However, a post mortem report revealed that there was a gunshot injury in the body of the rider. It was suspected that the other student would have died due to injuries sustained after the motorbike had crashed.

Five policemen who were arrested soon after the incident were immediately suspended from service. The incident triggered widespread concerns and resulted in protests in the North and in the South. Leader of the Opposition and Parliamentary Group Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan expressed his concerns to President Maithripala Sirisena.

A special team of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was appointed to probe the incident. In recent times the Jaffna peninsula was under the radar for the wrong reasons. Issues such as drug trafficking, alcohol addiction and violence were said to be rampant among the youth in the peninsula.
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