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The Sri Lanka Institute of
Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE) at Bogambara, Kandy has been closed
indefinitely pending an inquiry into an alleged incident of ragging female
The institution remains
closed from mid-day Wednesday (09), and declared out of bounds for students by
the director of the institute.
Directress M. P. K.
Ratnayake, in a notice put up at the entrance of the institute has warned that
civil and criminal action would be taken against any students who entered the
premises during the period the institute remained closed.
Responding to an inquiry,
Ms. Ratnayake said that the institute was closed following an
"incident" that took place on Wednesday (09) and no more could be
said since an inquiry was being held.
Meanwhile, institute sources
said that as part of ragging the seniors had ordered the newcomers that they
should not be present in the institute wearing denim trousers. They should
attend classes in skirts and jackets only.
A group of senior female
students had prevented at least 60 female freshers from entering the toilet on
Wednesday, the same sources said.
A clash between the seniors
and freshers erupted, following the incident that finally led to the closing of
the institute, in consultation with the Higher Education Ministry.
Source - Island