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Updated: June 6, 2013 19:21 IST

Passengers, MTC recoil from stone-throwing

D. Madhavan
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K. Shruthi (27), a systems analyst at an IT major on Old Mahabalipuram Road, had the shock of her life on Friday when two unidentified men on a bike threw stones at the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus she was travelling in, at Thandalam.

The incident led to the windshield of the Volvo air-conditioned bus getting damaged; the driver S. Prabhakaran (42) sustained injuries. While none of the passengers were injured and were shifted to another bus, many were quite shaken.

“The stone throwing happened without any warning. I was sitting in the front portion of the bus. The safety of commuters is at risk now,” said Shruthi.

This was only the latest in a series of attacks on MTC buses that began after the arrest of PMK founder S. Ramadoss, on Tuesday for staging a demonstration in defiance of police orders in Villupuram.

Around the same time as the Thandalam incident, another bus was attacked, this time on Vandalur – Kelambakkam Main Road. A group of miscreants, who had come in an SUV, attacked the bus at Poongori and fled. The driver of this bus, K. Ponnrangam, too was injured. The bus was on the route 555D from Tiruporur to Tambaram.

The Tiruporur police filed cases under Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act, 1992 after the incidents.

On Thursday, 50 commuters were perhaps a bit more ‘fortunate’ as the persons who attacked two buses at the LIC Colony junction on the Velachery Main Road asked them to get down before they damaged the vehicles. The buses were coming from Vijayanagar bus terminus near Velachery. Five persons were arrested by the Velachery police in the aftermath of the incident.

Commuters pointed out that in addition to the fear such events generated, finding another bus was also quite a task. A senior police official felt that drivers were specifically at risk since stones were often thrown at the glass panels at the front.

“A public outcry against such acts will help curb the menace apart from stringent punishments,” he added.

For MTC, repairs are proving quite a headache. While the total cost is likely to be nearly Rs. 12 lakh, an amount that will be reimbursed by the government once the MTC gives a report, a more pressing concern is the lack of spare glass panels. In fact, many of the damaged buses have been left at the depots pending repair.

“We have asked bus drivers and conductors to be vigilant and ensure automatic doors remain closed. We are also planning to install CCTVs in the buses with a central control room to help us curb such violence and other offences,” said a senior MTC official.

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from:  James
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 09:49 IST

All those who are damaging public property and risking the life of
public must be arrested on non bailable ground and these miscreants must
treated as terrorists. Very harsh punishments must be given so that it
will act as an effective deterrent for others who intend to commit such
crimes. Police can think of deploying plain clothes police men with arms
and hidden cameras in all important public places, so that immediate
action can be taken against all those who are involved in vandalism.

from:  Swamy
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 09:32 IST

Surveilance(CCTV) cameras are being installed for security purposes in record numbers by cities, businesses, and individuals. Bangalore, Hyderabad,Delhi and Mumbai have installed thousands of surveillance video cameras. many cities across India are on a similar path. These cameras make many people feel safer and prove a deterrent to crimes, arson, terrorist acts etc..

Chennai city remains a poor cousin to other cities in this aspect. Reason being retrograde government policies and sycophant bureaucracy. The shameful fact about tamil nadu is that all political parties have a criminal history including the present government. Vandalism, arson and misusing government machinery has become a way of life for both ruling and opposition parties.

The criminals have been let off as usual for lack of evidence and the sufferer remains the poor public, left to shoulder the burden of losses. The government knew very well about the oncoming moves by PMK cadres, but chose to remain quiet.

from:  Syed
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 06:37 IST

In such cases only Sharia will work. The miscreants should have their
right hands chopped off so that they will not pelt a stone in future.

from:  VK Guptan
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 03:53 IST

If it is proved that the miscreants belong to any political party, that
party should be banned from contesting in the election. Furthermore they
have to pay the costs for the repair. It is so unfortunate Tamilnadu has
to have these kind of political hooliganism for the past fifty years.
Will the people ever wake up to have a sensible leaders?

from:  gopal mani
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 14:09 IST

Government should act tough on such elements and should not yield to political
pressures.Courts should give exemplary punishment to the leaders who
instigated the violence.

from:  Dr Rajaram
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 11:55 IST

what are the miscreants trying to communicate? Or are they trying to vent their frustration?

from:  Anand
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 11:10 IST

Compensate these losses in double by applying heavy fine on the persons
under bars, the state cant bare the hike in ticket due to losses
incurred due to failure to safeguard law & order.

from:  PSMAYO
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 09:27 IST

what happens to all the camera mobile phones? why couldn't even one
person take videos/pictures of the motorcycle persons or the ones that
create problems ?

from:  Perumal
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 08:13 IST

This show the mean mentality of the followers of very respected leaders.
What did the common man do to deserve such brutality? This is their
culture.

from:  P.S.ARUNACHALAM
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 07:59 IST

That is not a Volvo bus in the photo accompanying the news !

from:  S Subramanian
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 06:31 IST

Why the PMK cadres are let amok...what is this CM doing to maintain law
and order?

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 06:07 IST
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