Karachi: Case registered in teachers assault case
KARACHI: A case has been registered in the principal and teacher assault case against 25 students while exams have been shifted to Sheikh Zaid College from National College, Geo News reported Thursday. At least 10 students have been named in the FIR but no arrest has been made so far. On Wednesday, a principal and a teacher were beaten after refusing to allow students to cheat in the Urdu paper for Pre–medical. A student present in the classroom at that time said there were two invigilators in the classroom. One of the teachers tolerated cheating while the other ignored the act. Subsequently, a group, who the witness claimed belonged to the Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF), started threatening the teacher and chanting political slogans. “The Rangers intervened and the rest of the paper was completed in a peaceful environment,” he said.
But when the paper ended, the students who were stopped from cheating caught hold of the invigilator and beat him up. “The Rangers and police were unable to control the situation as they had stepped out for lunch,” revealed Imran K Chishti, the controller of Inter Board Examination Karachi.
Meanwhile, another student mob entered the college and not only vandalised property, but also beat up the principal. Enraged and terrified at the same time, the teachers refused to hold the afternoon paper as they felt their lives were in danger.
“I reached the centre and tried to convince them to hold the exam,” the controller said. However, when the teachers refused, he went to address the students that had collected at the gate as they were refused entry.
“I suggested that the exam be held on another day as the teachers were not ready to invigilate, however, the students refused and demanded that the paper be held on the same day.” The controller said that arrangements were then made to hold the exams at the Inter Board Office. However, since the arrangements took a long time, “mob mentality” took over the students and they started pelting stones at the college. The result of this was the postponement of the Commercial Geography exam for second year students at the centre.
Meanwhile, PSF President Painda Khan denied the involvement of his political party. “The student in question, Junaid, was expelled from the party for criminal charges last year.” He claimed the other students who protected him and chanted political slogans were trying to “defame the party”.