LAHORE: On Friday, hundreds of students from different educational institutions in the city protested outside the Punjab Assembly against the detention of fellow students who protested against on-campus exams.
To condemn the detention of more than 40 students for demanding online tests, the students gathered at Charing Cross on The Mall. They called for the detained students to be released immediately and also to keep those engaged in student torture responsible. They said the nonviolent demonstrators were brutally tortured for demanding online exams and embarrassed.
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A student leader, Ammar Ali Jan, said the fascist government used every measure from baton-charge to detain the students to stop them from raising their voice, but before their brutalities, the students had shown bravery and did not give up. He thanked the students for coming out again to rail against the state violence and detention of their classmates and staying outside the Punjab Assembly.
The government used force against any activist, he said, be it teachers, farmers, students and staff. He called on the government to free the students and quash all charges against them reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, protesting students were assaulted by baton-wielding security guards at a private university. Five of the students experienced head injuries as a result.
Report sought from police on ‘illegal detention’ of students
Under sections 452, 506/B, 148, 149, 427, 342, 290, 291, 440, 436, 269, and 270 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 16 of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960, the Nawab Town police registered a case against 95 nominated and 400-500 unidentified students on the complaint of University Chief Security Officer Naveed Mukhtar.
Police also took into custody 36 of the demonstrators, and on Wednesday they were later taken before a judicial judge. They were delivered on a three-day physical remand to the officers.
On Thursday, five more students were detained at a house in Iqbal Town during an early morning police search. The raid was carried out at the home of Sanaullah, a student activist, by a heavily armed police team in Raza Block of Iqbal Town, picking up Lahore’s Progressive Students’ Collective (PSC) President Zubair Siddiqui, Secretary General Ali Ashraf, Secretary of Information Salman Sikandar, activist Haris and the owner of the building.
The students were taken before the court on Friday morning and were turned over to the police on a three-day physical remand.