Multan-The new campus of Bahauddin Zakariya University turned into a battlefield as activists of two students organisations clashed with one another at two different spots, leaving at least seven injured here on Tuesday.

The students brandished arms, fired straight shots and freely used clubs, iron rods and other objects to thrash one another in two concurrent brawls. Heavy police contingents encircled the campus and launched a search operation following the clashes but the students managed to escape.

Those injured were identified as Aamir, Toaha, Faheem, Ali Raza, Rana Kamran and Mazhar Langrial of People’s Students Federation (PSF) and Asad Gondal of Muslim Students Federation (MSF). One of the injured namely Ali Raza was shot in the leg and was rushed to hospital in critical condition. No police case was registered till filing of this report as police said that no formal request from the varsity administration was received.

A spokesman for BZU Dr Aman Ullah said that the case had been sent to the disciplinary committee and further action would be taken on its suggestions.

A student of Computer Science Department, who witnessed the clash, told journalists that the activists of both organisations exchanged hot words at central canteen first and then the workers of PSF thrashed the one from MSF. Later on, the activists of MSF returned with a big gathering and caught PSF workers outside admin block. A spokesman of PSF claimed that the MSF was backed by the BZU administration. “We have taken stand on many issues like high fees. They (MSF) are being backed by the varsity to oust us and occupy the campus,” he added. He claimed that all the MSF workers involved in today’s brawl were outsiders. He said that the injured activists were admitted to Nishtar Hospital where their medical certificates were being obtained for filing application for registration of case. The MSF leaders also accused the PSF of holding the campus hostage at gunpoint. “Their outsiders have occupied hostels at gunpoint and they are involved in serious crimes like harassing male and female students at gunpoint,” a MSF leader Rao Ajmal alleged.