Several students booked over PU clash


LAHORE: Police on Wednesday registered a case against several students arrested after a clash between two rival student groups in Punjab University on Tuesday.

The clash had left at least 18 students wounded.

The case was registered at the Muslim Town police station.

The Punjab University campus remained open on Wednesday; however, all activities scheduled for today have been cancelled. Students who came to sit for examinations were allowed to enter the campus.

Meanwhile, police personnel have been deployed within the campus to avoid any untoward incidents.

A clash broke out between two student groups in Punjab University on Tuesday, prompting authorities to call in police which resorted to aerial firing and tear-gassing to control the situation.

According to reports, a student group was celebrating their cultural day outside the Faisal Auditorium, when a rival student group arrived and began chanting slogans against them, which led to an all-out brawl. The students were seen attacking each other with batons and bricks.

The clash left at least 18 students injured, while a stall at the cultural show venue also caught fire from a tear gas shell.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah put the responsibility of the clash on Islami Jamiat Tulba activists. He said that 18 out of 22 arrested students involved in brawl belonged to the IJT. The IJT, on the other hand, said their camp first came under attack by the rival group.