Chennai: Two arrested in student attack
Chennai: The Government Railway Police (GRP), who are probing the assault of a city college student in Kotturpuram MRTS station, arrested two persons, including the friend of the victim's spurned girlfriend in college, on Tuesday.
The two were identified as Billa alias Saravanan and Rithesh. Billa alias Saravanan is a historysheeter who has three attempt to murder cases pending with the local police.
A release from Railways SP P. Vijayakumar stated that the two were subsequently remanded to judicial custody. The getaway car, knife used on the attack and two mobile phones used by the gang were recovered from their possession. The third person involved has been identified as Sathish and efforts are on to trace him.
Investigations revealed that the victim, Thyran Michael Murray pursuing M.S.W at a private college located on Canal Bank Road, Adyar, had fallen out with his former girlfriend who is also from the same institution. The girl had confided the development to her friend Rithesh who ganged up with his accomplices and hacked Thyran.
Thyran was spending time with his current girlfriend at platform 1 of the Kotturpuram MRTS when he was assailed by two attackers at around 8.15 am on Monday in full public view.
The girl with him did not suffer any injuries since the hit squad had chased her away from the scene before they took Thyran to task.
Following the incident, the State Human Rights Commission had called for a comprehensive report from the Railways IGP, and from the City Police Commissioner as to what safety measures are in place in all the MRTS stations, in particular to women commuters.
The release observed that the GRP, in coordination with the Railway Protection Force (RPF), surveyed and identified the vulnerable stretches in MRTS and deployed teams (both in khakhis and civvies) on platforms and as well aboard trains for passenger security, focused on women safety.