Rangers take away five KU employees in campus raid

Karachi:April 16:A team of masked Rangers soldiers conducted a raid at the University of Karachi on Friday and took away five of its employees from the administration block.

So far, the paramilitary force has neither issued a statement about the raid nor responded to attempts to contact it.

Some senior KU employees believe that raid was conducted in connection with the killing of three students in 2008.

They added that the Rangers high command had not taken the KU administration into confidence before conducting the raid.

In 2008, Ramish, a computer science department student affiliated with the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) – the student wing of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Osama Bin Adam, a computer science department and an activist of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT) – the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and Abdul Jabbar, a political science department student also associated with the IJT, were killed in a clash between the two student groups.

Both parties had filed FIRs against each other at police station. After the raid at the campus, rumours are circulating that Rangers are investigating those murders.

APMSO information secretary Haseeb Qureshi told The News that the party was gathering information and checking records to verify if the detained people were affiliated with them or not.

“The APMSO will comment on the matter and bring everything into the public’s knowledge after we ascertain the details,” he added. IJT officials could not be reached for their views. Rangers arrived at the campus before noon and went directly to the administration block of the university.

They also stopped the paramilitary soldiers deployed at the KU from participating in their raid. The university’s campus and security adviser, campus officer and other employees too were denied permission to enter the administration block during the raid.

The detained employees of the university were earlier APMSO activists while they were studying there.

The KU management identified the five men as Naveed Siddiq, who worked at the audit office; Shamshad Alam, an employee at the Dr Mehmood Hussain Library; Zeeshan Amin of the budget office, and accountants Zohaib and Rehan.

KU campus security affairs adviser Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi told The News that Rangers had not informed the administration about their raid.

“We had no prior knowledge about their raid. They arrived at the campus and conducted their operation just like they do in other parts of the city,” he added.

The KU management also maintained that it knew nothing about the involvement of the detained men in any criminal activity. However, it has been learnt that Zeeshan Amin had been detained by Rangers in the recent past and released after 10 or 12 days.

Amin and Naveed Siddiq were living within the campus. Amin’s wedding is scheduled to take place in a few days.

The families of the detained employees staged a sit-in at the entrance of new administration block, demanding justice and the release of their loved-ones.

Later, they left as no KU official had answers to queries.

The News has learnt that Rangers had also picked up Shahzad Perwez from the deputy registrar establishment.

KU campus officer Muhammad Asif said he and a few senior officials had rushed to the administration block but Rangers had told them that they could not enter the building until they had cleared it.

“The Rangers had cordoned off the administration block and no one was allowed to enter or leave the building during the raid. They searched different rooms before concluding their raid.”The news.