KARACHI - The principal of the Government Degree Boys College, 7D-2, North Karachi, was rescued by the police on Tuesday from a private bank, as the activists of cheating mafia chased and tried to kill him. Sindh Professors and Lectures Association (SPLA) denounced the incident and announced that the teachers would boycott the HSC papers which is scheduled to be held at the Govt Degree Boys College, 7D-2, due to the poor law and order situation at the institutions. The college principal, Prof Saeed-uz-Zafar, has been threatening by some college students for dire consequences as the principal showed reluctance to cooperate with cheating mafia in the ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-I & II annual examinations, being held in the metropolis. Zafar told The Nation that the cheating mafia wanted from him to help them in doing corruption during the HSC examinations. On my refusal they tried to kill me. Miscreants started chasing me when I left the college; however I realised soon that some two bikes are following me. The situation forced me to take refuge into a private bank situated at Hassan Square, near Civic Centre. They called me on my mobile phone in the bank and force me to come out. On phone they told me that the time of my death has arrived. He further told that at that stage he contacted the leaders of SPLA, who called Aziz Bhatti police station for providing him with security, which police later provided him. He said that basically, the deployment of Rangers in the college and the visit of the special invigilation team to the college and its action against some students, who were busy using unfair means in the papers, had provoked the miscreants. Special invigilation team comprised of BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Director General Colleges Sindh, Dr Rafiq Ahmed Siddiqui, Deputy Controller Examination Liaquat Ali and Deputy Secretary Imran Chishtee. Zafar said that the BIEK chairman had assured the teachers and college administrations about the provision of security. On the other hand, taking the notice of the incident, SPLA held an emergency meeting under the chair of President SPLA Karachi Region, Prof Ather Hussain Mirza. The meeting was also attended by Prof Muzaffar Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Azmi, Prof Asif Zaidi, Prof Dr Arshad, Prof Mohsin Raza Bhatti and Prof Prof Saeed-uz-Zafar. Prof Ather Hussain Mirza said that SPLA had informed the Secretary Education Rizwan Memon, BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Director General Colleges Sindh Dr Rafique Siddiqui and BIEK Controller Examination about the teachers decision to boycott the papers in the said college. However, if any incident will occur at the college during the papers, the said higher ups will be responsible. It is pertinent to mention here that The Nation has already published several news items about the illegal activities of the cheating mafia and their threats to teachers during the ongoing examinations. In the meeting, Prof Azmi said that this was the responsibility of the government to stop the activities of the miscreants in the premises of educational institutions. He said that teachers would not tolerate any threat from some students wings that are openly supporting cheating mafia.