Chennai, Feb 10 : In what could be seen as an ominous sign, a group of school students attacked a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) driver after he objected them to travelling in the footboard in the city.
The incident happened on Monday morning, when the driver of the 12G bus operating from KK Nagar to Annanagar, objected to students travelling in the footboard and asked them to get into the bus.
The school students who off late has been creating ruckus causing inconvenience to passengers, apart from abusing the crew with indecent comments, were from KK Nagar.
Police sources said the driver, T Manohar (49), on seeing the students, who boarded the bus at Sivan Park stop, precariously hanging from the footboard, asked them to get inside so that he could close the doors.
The bus conductor and other commuters in the bus also advised them to get into the bus. But the students ignored it and kept on travelling in the footboard.
When the bus reached Kamarajar Salai, two stops before the final destination, another group of school and college students joined them, outnumbering the passengers, and attacked the driver, kicked him and abused him. After attacking the driver, the rogue students fled the scene and the injured driver was admitted to a hospital.
Though the students were studying in schools in T.Nagar and West Mambalam, it was not known why they travelled all the way to the final destination, raisiing suspicions that the attack might be pre-planned.
Police based on CCTV footages detained a few students for questioning.
This was not the first time such thing was happening on the route. This Correspondent was once witness to school students creating ruckus and abusing the MTC crew for objecting to their travelling in footboard some time back.
Though the city has witnessed college students indulging in such ruckus, school students too behaving in a similar manner, was definitely a matter for concern, one of the commuters bemoaned. The common refrain among the commuters was that police should rein in such students, by inviting their parents and get a written undertaking from them that their wards would not behave like this in future. (UNI)