Education Minister demands probe into KTI clashes; students demand release of colleagues

The Education Minister Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh  is calling for a probe into the circumstances that led to the shooting and injuring of students and teachers of Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI).

“I will stand by my students. I will offer them the support they need and hope school activities will get back to normal. Students are hurt,  teachers have been shot at. We have to find out,” he said barely 12 hours after violence broke out between students of KTI and the police.

The Minister was in the school to see at firsthand the extent of damage and injuries to students and properties after last night clash.

He also went to interact with the students who are demanding the immediate release of their colleagues who were arrested last night over crowd violence.

The students who wore red arm bands and head gears believe the continued detention of the colleagues in police custody is unacceptable.

Over 48 students were arrested, beaten and detained by the police in Kumasi for breaching the country’s Public Order Act.

The students were accused of mounting road blocks and causing traffic in an excessive jubilation after the placing fourth in an Inter College Sports Competition.

The police’s attempt to restore order  rather escalated matters with the students allegedly pelting the police with stones.

Ashanti Region Police spokesperson ASP Usif Tanko, at least five police men were injured and some police vehicles were dented in the attack.

The police fought back with brute force, eyewitnesses narrated. They fired tear gas, arrested some of the students and subjected them to severe beatings.

Not satisfied with the mauling of the students on the streets, the police were said to have followed the students into their campus and into their dormitories, switched off the main electricity supply to the school and conducted a surgical search with torch lights.

The girls dormitory was not spared either. The police had their torch lights in there as well. There was total pandemonium as the students tried to escape from the police with some jumping from the windows of storey buildings.

Some 14 students sustained varying degrees of injuries with 48 other arrested and detained by the police.

The Police spokesperson Usif Tank has defended the action by the police.

But the students are unhappy their colleagues are still in detention. They want the police to release them so they can come back to school.

With placards and red arm bands the students sang and chanted in their school demanding for the release of their colleagues.