Tear gas canister shatters MUK student's hand

In Summary
  • Incident happened at Lumumba hall
  • MUK students were protesting over online lectures introduced during the Lock down.
  • Student is undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital
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Police in Wandegeya is investigating circumstances under which a 22-year-old student of Makerere University had his palm cut off after a tear gas canister exploded in his hands.

The incident happened on Thursday at Lumumba hall when the victim identified Richard Ssebuganda a third-year Medical student who was hit by a tear gas canister.

This happened during the two-day strike at Makerere University when students protested over online lectures that were imposed during the lock down.

The protesting students blocked roads prompting police to fire teargas to disperse them. Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala metropolitan police spokesman says the student allegedly picked up a tear gas canister from his bed but exploded when he was trying to throw it out and, in the process, it shattered his right-hand palm.

The incident was reported by the Dean of Lumumba hall at Wandegeya police station.

" We have learnt that teargas canister exploded and blew off a student’s hand. The victim is currently admitted to Mulago hospital but inquiries are going on to ascertain how the teargas canister got into his bed" sid Oweyesigire.

He further explained s that police will come out with facts surrounding the incident and also look into negligence by the police officers who are given the responsibility for quelling the riotous students.