Naudero/Larkana, Sindh: The local police on Wednesday baton charged students of Chandka Medical College (CMC) who were protesting against disconnecting the power supply to their hostels. The police also rounded up four students who were later released after two hours.
The students took to the streets alleging that the CMC administration got disconnected the electricity to the boys and girls hostels due to which they had no water to take bath and prepare for the practical currently going on. When the students moved to SP roundabout and staged sit-in, the police contingent started baton charging them. The detained students included Razaq Badani and three others.
After this action the enraged students pelted stones on college buildings and smashed window panes.
It may be mentioned that there are eight hostels of CMC –four each of boys and girls, and hundreds of students are staying there, as the practical examinations are currently going on. The students said that owing to disconnection of electricity, the hostel canteens are also closed depriving them of food facility. In the scorching hot weather with temperature ranging above 50 degrees, the students are without water, they added.
Meanwhile, the lower staff of CMC also protested today locking up all the offices and observing token hunger strike against the CMC administration. The tussle between the lower staff and administration started about five days back when FIR was lodged and two of the union leaders were got arrested by the administration.
The practical examinations were disturbed today due to protests however the administration later conducted the practical examination at a lecture hall.
The paramedical staff of Chandka Medical College Hospital also boycotted the OPDs as a mark of solidarity with CMC lower staff. The students, lower staff and paramedics demanded removal of Vice Chancellor and Administrative Officer blaming them for the current situation.
When contacted for getting their version, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Akbar Haider Soomro, Principal of CMC Dr. Asadullah Mahar and Vice Principal Dr. Sher Muhammad Shaikh did not pick the phone. However, another official of CMC confided that college administration had started disconnecting electricity due to heavy bills as the lower staff was found using the air-conditioners. The Agha Javed Pathan was assigned the duty to ensure disconnection of power supply. This resulted in scuffle between Javed Pathan and union leaders and later the FIR was lodged against union leaders.
The electricity was not restored to the hostels till the filing of this report.