Two Government College Lahore students were sent to jail on Wednesday after an Anti-Terrosism Court Judge Shabbir Husain Chattha sent both Ravians — Usman Lateef and Haroon Mahmood — behind bars on judicial remand for 14 days. The students were arrested them from their homes on Tuesday midnight for protesting the Government College University (GCU) administration’s ‘wrongdoing’.
The College Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid registered a police report [First Information Report (FIR)] on Tuesday against nine students and some ‘outsiders’ for “unduly gathering outside the GCU premises and creating chaos in the smooth running of the usual educational activities of the university”.
In response, the police booked BS (Honours) students Maher Muhammad Akmal, Shujaat Ali, Muhammad Bilawal Khan, Haroon Mahmood, Muhammad Ali, Usman Lateef, Hasan Sardar, Ali Aslam and Abdul Saboor. Police continues to raid different places across Lahore in search of the remaingn students who are ‘still at large’.
DAWN: These students protested against the university administration for dropping some 125 students of BA/BSc (Honours) session 2007-11 semester-II from university rolls in the third and last week of September.
After protest, the university administration and issued a corrigenda for semester-II as well as semester-I results showing most of the students pass or promoted with conditions ‘First Probation’ or ‘Second Probation’. Since then, the university administration started victimising students as its disciplinary committee issued notices to all students, who had participated in Sept 24 protest outside the Lahore Press Club.
One student, Shaukat Abdul Rehman, appeared before the disciplinary committee along with his father. The committee ordered his rustication. Later, the university registrar asked them to write down an apology as well as apply for migration. Later, Shaukat was issued a migration certificate. After this incident, most of the students did not appear before the disciplinary committee, which according to them, coerced students and their parents and got written apologies, which were used as a proof of their “crime”.
Some of the students nominated in the FIR were freshmen, as they protested against the university administration for striking off some 400 students on the charges of ‘short attendance’. The university record shows the GCU struck off 677 students of intermediate and degree classes
Though the Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Pervaiz Rashid has ordered the varsity administration to get the FIR quashed to say “The government does not consider the varsity’s action in right direction,” but no action has still been taken as yet