At least 39 students and two teachers came under the debris when the roof of a school hall in village Aliwala on Multan-Muzaffargarh Road caved in here on Saturday.

The Rescue 1122 said that all the students and teachers were rescued alive and 28 kids were allowed to go home after treatment on the spot while 11 others were sent Nishtar Hospital with more injuries for further treatment.

Muzaffarabad Police arrested the owner of Ta’ameer-e-Millat School namely Nazir Akbar while District Coordination Officer Multan Zahid Saleem Gondal also rushed to the spot. The injured students, who were rushed to Nishtar Hospital, included Sawera, 8, Sumera, 7, Mehwish, 8, Danish, 14, Maryam, 6, Noor, 6, Nisha, 8, Zara, 7, and Saadia, 8. The condition of Zara and Sadia was stated to be precarious in the beginning but it came under control after treatment.  

The parents of the students attacked police party and tried to manhandle the owner of the school but the police took him to the police station safely. Police sources said that a case had been registered against the school owner. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and directed district administration to provide all-out assistance to the students and their parents.

A NEWS AGENCY ADDS: Angry mob including locals and relatives surrounded the police van and hurled stones at the vehicle. They demanded that school principal should be handed over to them however the police managed to evacuate him safely. Multan DCO Zahid Saleem has taken a notice of the incident and formed a three-member committee to look into the matter. The chief minister has sought a report from Secretary Education Schools.