Chennai: There is never an end to the ‘bus’ menace in the city. Bus route numbers may seem routine enough to the public, but students tend to give the plying of buses a different meaning by adopting the routes they use to get to college. Cops had to find an unusual punishment to teach one set of ‘Bus Route’ students a lesson after the harassed driver brought the bus straight into the station.
The student offenders were made to sit down on the footpath and write imposition before they were allowed to go home after a period of ‘detention’ like in school and college. Two separate incidents involving students of city colleges kept the police on their toes on Saturday as college goers continued to pose a menace inside MTC buses over bus route rivalry. In one of the incidents, the driver of the bus plying towards Tiruvottiyur, sensing an impending clash inside the bus, drove it straight into the Tondiarpet police station.
Police sources said most of them were students of Presidency and Theyagaraya colleges and they were creating a ruckus inside the bus. Police personnel made the students sit outside the police station and write imposition saying that they wouldn’t indulge in public nuisance and later let them off with a warning.
Police in MKB Nagar had to deal with a greater menace as the clash among students spilled onto the streets, much to the chagrin of the public.
Police said that a group of students jumped off the MTC bus (route no.592) plying between Vallalar Nagar and Periyapalayam, when it stopped at the Sharma Nagar bus terminus near Vyasarpadi.
Wielding knives and wooden logs, the students, started chasing a rival group in broad daylight. In retaliation, a group of students pelted stones at the MTC bus, leaving the windshield broken. MKB Nagar police rushed to the scene on information and conducted enquiries.
They have launched a hunt for the students. “We have conducted enquiries with the bus staff and members of the public. Footages from CCTV cameras are being collected,” a police officer said....