Makerere University Student Loses Hand After Being Hit By Teargas Canister That Exploded In His Hostel Room
By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Makerere University student attached to Lumumba Hall of residence is currently in tears after losing his right hand while attempting to throw away a tear gas canister allegedly thrown in his room during the ongoing strikes at Uganda’s oldest university.
According to reports, the victim identified as Richard aka Sebzo at Lumumba Hall was notified by his girlfriend that there was a tear gas canister in his room but the canister exploded shortly after Richard held it, leaving his right hand severely injured.
The canister was among the many that were fired by Police officers on Monday in an attempt to calm down striking students who were protesting against online lessons.
According to students who rushed to find out what had happened, they found stains of blood and pieces of flesh all over the victim’s room.
“The canister failed to explode when it was detonated by the police on his return to his room his girlfriend spotted it and notified him as he was trying to throw it out it exploded in his right hand leaving it in shambles!”One of the students revealed.
Richard is currently receiving treatment at the Makerere University hospital, according to reports.
Hundreds of students on Monday took to the streets to protest the university’s decision to continue holding lectures in a blended learning manner yet President Museveni reopened the economy fully. Following the strike, Police officers stormed the university to calm down the students while firing teargas in halls of residence and hostels.