Lahore: Student injured in violence at PU
LAHORE: Panic spread on the Punjab University’s New Campus on Monday when a group of ‘outsiders’ resorted to violence and injured a student of the university’s Statistics Department.
The intruders broke chairs, windowpanes of the department rooms and resorted to firing into the air before fleeing from the scene, raising serious questions over the university’s security arrangements. However, PU Resident Officer Javed Sami said the incident was a clash among the students of the university. He also claimed that the attackers had been identified through the CCTV footage and an FIR had been registered against them. A PU official, seeking anonymity, said the recent incident was reaction of Jamiat’s recent action against students of the Philosophy Department at the hostel.
Meanwhile, a number of PU students expressed serious concerns over lack of security at the university, questioning that how the attackers had succeeded to move in with arms. They said the July 9 incident at an overhead bridge outside Hostel No 15 in which a student was injured by unidentified robbers should have proved as an eye-opener for the university. They demanded the university beef up security on the campus and ensure peaceful academic environment.
A spokesman for the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) said the student, Ahmed Rathore, injured in Monday’s incident, was a member of Jamiat, saying the poor security arrangements had been a serious concern of PU students but the administration was ignoring it. He said the attackers were asked to refrain from teasing girls and as a reaction, they injured the IJT workers.