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COLOMBO (News 1st) – Student leaders detained under the PTA were remanded on Thursday (17) evening just hours away from when the 90-day detention order on them was to come to an end.This come following a strongly worded letter sent to the President by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, and massive public outcry.The Convener of the Inter Univesity Student's Federation Wasantha Mudalige, and Convener of the Inter University Bhikku Federation Venerable Galwewa Siridhamma Thero who are detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for 90-days, were remanded by the court.Colombo Additional Magistrate N.

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