Colombo: Former cricketer and a minister in the Sri Lankan government Sanath Jayasuriya, accused of leading a mob that assaulted a group of university students, on Wednesday rejected the allegations levelled by the opposition JVP. The opposition Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, had accused Jayasuriya of leading the attack on Ruhuna University students, who opposed the government plan to hold an annual development exhibition within the varsity premises in the southern district of Matara.
Jayasuriya, who is the chairman of selectors, denied the accusations, saying he merely went to participate in the protest launched by villagers. “I am the area MP. I was only participating in a protest organised by the local residents against the university students. I did not attack anyone and was not present at the time of the alleged assault,” the Sri Lanka Freedom Party lawmaker said.