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Student self-immolates after barred from taking exam

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 12, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Posted: Apr 12, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

KARACHI: A university student set himself on fire after he was stopped from entering the examination hall Monday. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Karachi.

Abdul Basit, 28,  was studying dentistry at Hamdard University in Karachi and was in his final year.

The professor on duty did not allow Basit to appear in his exam on Monday because he was late, the varsity's vice chancellor maintained. Basit's exam was held at Hub Chowki, a place over 31 kilometres away from Karachi.

Basit’s car had stopped working while he was on his way to the university, Samaa TV learned. However, the professor told Basit to bring a document from the main campus of the university, permitting him to sit in the exam. The main campus of the university is located further in Karachi, in North Nazimabad, which is over 33km away from Hub Chowki.

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Basit is said to have set himself ablaze after speaking with the professor. He was rushed to Civil Hospital in Karachi and was admitted to the Burns Centre at the facility where he breathed his last.

Also watch: Mother of deceased university student speaks up

However, the deceased's friends and family maintain Basit had reached the examination hall at 10:30am whereas his paper was supposed to start at 11am. "He had reached before time. However, the professor told Basit he can set himself on fire or do anything, but he will not let him take the exam," Basit's friend told Samaa TV. "Is this humanity? Is this what the educated are taught to do?"

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"My son did not commit suicide. He was killed," Basit's mother told the media. "He was doused with petrol and set on fire," she said, accusing Professor Nadeem Khokhar, Dr Farhat, Dr Abrar and Dr Furqan of being involved in the incident.

The deceased's mother said the accused are threatening Basit's friends from coming forward and speaking up for Basit. She demanded Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad Khan to take notice of the issue and bring the culprits to book.

The governor has asked the vice chancellor of the varsity to submit a report of the incident within 48 hours.

"An enquiry committee has been formed," the DIG investigating the case told Samaa TV. "Statements of Basit's friends and other eye witnesses will be recorded, and a report will be submitted within three days," he said. The police also said there are no CCTV cameras installed in the varsity.

Sikandar Ali, the security guard on duty when the incident occured, said he heard someone screaming for help. He rushed to see who it was and saw Basit aflame. Ali then sought help from other students to extinguish the fire. However, he said, he did not know where the petrol came from. - SAMAA
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