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21.10.2007 General News

Irate students injure cop


A Policeman sustained injuries whilst a bus of the Kumasi T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School (AMASS) was damaged when some irate students of Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) clashed with a team of Police personnel from the Asokwa Police Station at the AMASS campus last Friday evening.

The Police personnel were dispatched to the school's campus to maintain order after some irate students of KTI allegedly threatened to vandalize the property of AMASS for refusing them entry to the school's female dormitory during a friendly football match between the two schools.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Daniel Gyabaah, Crime Officer of the Asokwa District Police, told the GNA Sports at the week-end that the injured policeman, Constable Adams Alhassan, sustained bruises on his left arm when the irate students pelted the personnel with stones in their attempt to disperse them.

He said in the process, the police had no option than to fire warning shots to scare off the advancing irate students, most of who were said to be under the influence of alcohol and totally drunk.

ASP Gyabaah said the police managed to arrest two of the KTI students believed to have taken part in the riots, but they have since been granted police enquiry bail.

He said one of the students was in his final year whilst the other was in the second year adding that they would soon be put before court after investigations.

The Crime officer said the injured policeman was currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

The GNA Sports learnt that the incident began when during the match some students of KTI marched straight to the AMASS girl's dormitory and tried to forcibly enter but they were denied entry by the school's security.

This was said to have infuriated the irate students who smashed the left driving mirror of a Bedford bus belonging to AMASS and subsequently, threatened to vandalize other property if their demands were not met.

The school's authorities quickly informed the police about the threat which the Police responded in an effort to maintain law and order, but they were met with fierce resistance from the irate students, bringing the match to an abrupt end.