Sindh University official shot dead

HYDERABAD:03 January: University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Director Student Affairs Prof Bashir Ahmed Chanur was killed in an armed attack by unidentified assailants in the varsity’s premises on Monday. According to Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA) President Dr Azhar Shah, two assailants on a motorbike attacked Chanur near Allama Qazi’s mausoleum, when he slowed down his car on a speed-breaker. A security guard standing nearby returned fire, injuring one of the attackers. However, they managed to escape. A university lecturer, Rashid Khuhro, told APP that Chanur was attacked when he was returning to his residence near Marvi Hostel. He was rushed to the Liaquat University Hospital (LUMHS) in Jamshoro, where his death was confirmed by the doctors, Khuhro said. According to Dr Kashif, who attended the deceased at the LUMHS, Chanur received four gunshots from an automatic weapon. “One bullet pierced through his heart, two hit in the chest and abdomen and one in the arm,” he told the APP. LUMHS Deputy Registrar Dr Saroop Bhatia said the body of the deceased was being shifted to Civil Hospital Hyderabad for autopsy. The Sindh University has been witnessing a wave of protests by groups of students affiliated with different political parties, after the university rusticated 19 students and banned four ex-students from entering the university premises, blaming them for causing law and order situation. An office-bearer of the SUTA told the APP on condition of anonymity that the hand of such students in the killing could not be ruled out. However, it was up to the investigators to probe the incident from all dimensions, he added. According to Sindh University Officers’ Association General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Kaka, the slain officer would be buried in his native graveyard in Kandiaro area of Noshehro Feroze. SU Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Parveen Shah, Registrar Akhtar Ahmed Memon, office-bearers of the SUTA and SUOA, all reached the hospital. Late Chanur was appointed as Director Student Affairs after he retired as professor some three years back. app.