RAWALPINDI - A government-run girls high school at Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Sector-I, came under gunfire by unknown miscreant, sparking unrest among the students, teachers and area residents, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation on Saturday.

A schoolteacher narrowly escaped the bullet that was fired from a small window, sources added. The horrific incident took place within the limits of Police Station Pirwadhai. School administration lodged complaint with police for filing case against unknown attackers.

However, police denied that any miscreant attacked the school and said any watchman/security guard fired the bullet from inside the school by mistake. A controversy also triggered between school administration and police over find of a used bullet shell. According to sources, unknown miscreants fired a bullet from a small window of Government Girls High School, Khabayan-e-Sir Syed, Sector-I, at noon that pierced into a stair while breaking the windowpane. A lady teacher who was coming down from the first floor through stairs narrowly escaped the bullet whereas the pieces of broken glass also hit her face and body, sources informed. The attacker managed to escape the scene.

The sound of bullet fire not only terrorised the students and teachers but it also sent shocking wave among area residents. On calling, a heavy contingent of police headed by DSP City Circle Sardar Babar and SHO PS Pirwadhai Jahangir Bhatti rushed to the scene, collected evidence and recorded the statements of teachers and others.

Talking to The Nation by phone, the female teacher Aqsama, who narrowly escaped the bullet, said that she was coming down on ground floor via stairs at 12:06pm when she heard the sound of bullet fire. “Suddenly, small pieces of broken glass hit my face and I closed my eyes by placing my both hands on my face,” she said. She said that she then realised that somebody fired a bullet from a window located at the backside of the school. “I immediately run towards the window and saw the glass was broken with bullet mark. No body was present in the street. Then I rushed to principal office and informed her about the attack,” Aqsama said. She added that the administration immediately called police and also handed over them an empty bullet shell.

SHO PS Pirwadhai Jahangir Bhatti, when contacted, categorically denied that any miscreant fired bullet from outside the school saying, “Any security guard fired the bullet by mistake.” He said that the police recovered empty shell near the stairs inside the school. He said that the backside of the school was a thickly populated area with narrow streets and the attacker could not escape after launching the attack. He said that police had started investigation and things would be clear on Monday. School Principal Rohi Yasmin could not be approached for her comments on the issue.