LAHORE JI activists, armed with batons, iron rods and firearms attacked Punjab Universitys Hostel No 7 in the wee hours of Sunday and tortured resident students. The miscreants also tortured the superintendent and assistant-superintendent of the hostel, a Zoology Department teacher.
After the incident, the victim students came out of their rooms, gathered in front of the hostel gate and chanted anti-IJT slogans. The, on the occasion, appealed the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the incident.
Meanwhile, according to a University spokesman, the armed groups entered the premises after convincing the security guards that they were going to participate in a Dars-e-Quran. But after entering the aforesaid hostel, they assaulted a number of rooms and also opened fire.
They severely injured many including Superintendent hostel Shahid Mahmood Gull, Assistant Prof at Philosophy Department Hassan Siddiqi, Assistant Superintendent and teacher at Zoology Department, Chokidar Mumtaz and a few students namely Muhammad Shahid, Hafiz Shahrukh, Kashif and Ghulam Ishaq of Philosophy Department, the spokesman added.
According to official communiqu issued by the PU, the injured were taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital from where they were referred to Jinnah Hospital after given normal treatment because of police case. T
he students, who gathered on the spot, believed that when the security guards appeared on the scene along with hostel administration including superintendent and hall area president, the IJT activists managed to flee by jumping over the boundary walls of the hostel.
Meanwhile, the PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran held an emergency meeting of the deans and principals of colleges early Sunday morning to discuss the grave situation arising out of the sinister raid and the designs of the assailant students to disrupt the peaceful academic environment of the university.
Later, the VC along with senior members of the administration visited the hostel and shared his feelings of deep sympathy with the injured students who were assured by him that the administration and Punjab government would take all necessary steps for the safety and protection of the students and also ensured exemplary punishment to the miscreants and law breakers.
Ikram Ullah, an ASI of Muslim Town police station who visited the crime spot, said six students suffered serious injuries and were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for their medical treatment. He said two of them sustained injuries on their heads and legs. It seemed that the miscreants tortured the students by wooden rods, he added.
Iqbal Town Police Division SP (Operations) Muntazir Mehdi termed the incident as disruptive step in peaceful atmosphere of the academic environment of PU. Replying to a query regarding registration of FIR of the incident, he said police would lodge a case after receiving medical certificate of the victim students.
The PU spokesman, however, said their written application has been submitted with the Muslim Town police station.