Makassar, South Sulawesi. Officials at Makassar’s Indonesian Muslim University have ordered the campus shut down for three days from Friday, following a brawl between students a day earlier that left one person dead.
Ahmad Gani, a deputy rector, said all campus activities would be halted through the weekend in anticipation of more brawls breaking out.
He added that all the entrances to the campus would be locked, and a heavy police guard posted at the main gate.
“The university has had to take this policy because we are concerned about the possibility of more violence erupting in retaliation for the first incident,” Gani said.
A brawl on the campus on Thursday afternoon resulted in Muhammad Ibrahim Rauf, 21, a final-year electrical engineering student, getting stabbed.
He was rushed to the nearby Ibnu Sina Hospital but died from his injury.
The violence was sparked by a minor incident in which a mechanical engineering student was scolded and hit by a senior. The student then roped in several of his associates from the university’s civil engineering school into attacking the mechanical engineering school building.
The rival groups threw rocks and fired arrows at one another. They also shattered several windows and destroyed motorcycles parked in the area before police could break up the brawl.
Police seized dozens of bows and arrows, machetes and other homemade weapons from the students.
The stabbing victim was reportedly among the attackers.
Gani said the university had given the names of all the students involved to the police for their investigation.
“Once the police identify the suspects involved in the stabbing of the student, we will move to expel them from the university,” he said.