rawalpindi - Terrified students of the Government Boys High School Darkali Syedan which came under heavy gunfire avoided to attend their classes yesterday. A heavy contingent of police kept guarding the government-run school where two students sustained bullet injuries after a gang of armed men sneaked into the education institution and opened firing and thrashed a teacher. Three culprits, including the main accused were held by police after registering a case number 28 under sections 7-ATA and 353/324/148/149 of PPC.

According to sources and locals, shooting into school had terrified not only the students but also the locals residing in Darkali Syedan. They added that only 20 students and 2 teachers came to school on Friday that enrolled a total of 176 students. “We fear for our children’s lives after gunmen entered the school and opened indiscriminate firing,” said Afsaran Bibi, a woman residing near the school. She said that the government should provide adequate security to the school to avoid occurrence of such incidents in future. Zamir Khan, father of a student, said that he did not send his son to school because of fear as there might be another bloody clash in the school. “I love my son and don’t want to lose his life in any clash,” he said.

Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Jatli Nawaz, when contacted, said that police beefed up security around and inside the school. He said that police apprehended three accused including the main culprit Intezar Shah. The other two were Babar Shah and Wakalat Shah, he said, adding that four were still at large and efforts were being made to arrest them.