Cars destroyed, 12 injured in Katanga-Conti clash

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At least 12 students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are reported to have sustained varying degrees of injury in a clash between University Hall ‘Katanga’ and Unity Hall ‘Continental’.

The clash also resulted in the destruction of school and private properties as a number of vehicles parked in front of the Unity Hall were vandalized in the process.

The disturbances are said to have began around 5:00 pm on Thursday.

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It is believed attempts of students of Unity Hall to restrain colleagues from University Hall from using their frontage in a procession resulted in the incident.

Reports indicate that as part of a Hall week celebration, the University Hall walked through the principal streets of the University in a procession but upon reaching Unity Hall, they were restrained which led to pelting of stones among other objects between the two.

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This comes few days after a similar incident occurred on the University of Ghana campus where residents of Commonwealth Hall clashed with students in Mensah Sarbah Hall.

The clashes reportedly started Friday night, August 5, 2022, and extended into the early hours of Saturday, August 6, between the two groups on the campus.

The resultant clash led to the suspension of the Commonwealth Hall master and a Senior Tutor of the Hall.

“These officers should, therefore, in the interim, be relieved of their duties while management works with the security services to investigate the clashes, and works towards finding lasting solutions to the tensions between students of the two halls”, the University Council recommended in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has indicated that calm has been restored to KNUST following a heavy police presence in the school.

The police in a statement said they are in ”firm control of the situation and investigations are ongoing to arrest those behind what they describe as the unfortunate, needless, and unjustifiable attacks.”

 

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