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Updated: June 6, 2013 14:55 IST

Stone-pelting leaves boy with broken nose and jaw

R. Sujatha
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Shanmugasundaram. Photo: Special Arrangement
Shanmugasundaram. Photo: Special Arrangement

On Thursday afternoon — when PMK cadres were on a rampage, targeting buses across the State — Shanmugasundaram, 12, was returning with his family to Chennai in a State transport corporation bus.

They had gone to their village in Ulunthurpet to attend a temple festival. Just as the bus reached Vinayagapuram, about 125 km from Chennai, it was intercepted by three men on a motorcycle.

“When the driver braked suddenly, the passengers who were standing lost their footing,” said the boy’s father K. Kannan. “Shanmugasundaram was the first to get up and before we realised what was going on, he was hit by a large stone on the face,” he said.

“A few other people were also injured in the stone-pelting. Just as I got down from the bus, a motorcyclist offered us a ride to Tindivanam General Hospital,” said Mr. Kannan, a mason, who lives in Puthagaram, Kolathur. The boy was administered first-aid but as the other injured — including a small girl — were brought in, the hospital referred him to Jipmer in Puducherry.

At Jipmer, a CT scan revealed his nose had been smashed. “He continued to bleed from the nose. We then brought him to Apollo Hospitals in Chennai,” the boy’s uncle Karunakaran said. Due to the impact of the hit, Shanmugasundaram’s upper jaw was also dislocated. After the incident, the bus was taken to Veillimedupettai police station and an FIR was filed.

Doctors have told the family that Shanmugasundaram, who has just been promoted to class VIII, will need plastic surgery to reconstruct his nose. On Monday, the first surgery was performed. Ophthalmologists have assured the family that the boy’s eyes have not suffered major damage.

The family has spent Rs. 90,000 on the boy’s treatment. “We managed Rs. 1.70 lakh by pawning jewellery as we don’t have the government health card. We have petitioned the Chief Minister for inclusion in the insurance scheme. Doctors have said the next surgery will be done after six months,” Karunakaran said.

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this is too much, stone pelting on passenger is an unbearable offence, they should be treated and arrested as terrorist under National Security Act.

from:  saravana
Posted on: May 9, 2013 at 13:03 IST

It seems like Amma also is not about these problems, PMK is really being so violent
and and government seems like not maintaining law and order.

from:  Saravanan
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 22:04 IST

What's happening ? Why this kolaveri? In what way the peaple are
resposible for their demand/s? Is innocent people are their target?

Book them under goonda act and don't grant them even a bail.

Will the concerned will look in to the mater do justice (Compensate) to
the victims! Let us NOT wait and watch!!

from:  Krishna Prasad
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 19:13 IST

Dear Rreaders,
Once upon a time chennai was known for its peace and tranquility,
today it is next bihar in terms of crime , let it be political or
personal, vendetta can be achieved at any cost. PMK or any other
political outfit, after all one human is causing severe injury to
another human being, is this is called compassionate, why people are
turning into beast , have they lost their morality, these person in
the name of political outfit goes about in the public to assault the
innocent, where is the law and order? do you think other citizens can
live in peace and harmony, i mean the common man, others who are in
the political outfit we are not bothered rather being butchered they
are butchering others.

from:  david.p
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 16:28 IST

C.M Jayalalithaa should come forward to offer free medical treatment as
well as financial assistance to the family

from:  shankar kare
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 14:31 IST

It's sad to read this. Similar events were happened before and it's happening now. No end till now. This is not because of politics. This shows the bad attidue of people who are following caste based political parties.Very uncivilized. No exemptions, almost all the political parties are playing caste and vote bank politics. So people do think about before voting to these parties. Encourage the one who have good vision to heal our problems. Please encourage new comers.Show up our need for change. Be vigilant. All the parties are having few true candidates and leaders. Identify the true one. Culprits must be brought to book.

from:  Karthi
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 14:12 IST

Pathetic situation!!! Requesting the law makers to bring in harsh
punishment, so that the doers will think before on such acts.

from:  Selva
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 13:50 IST

Do we need any more proof as to how uncivilized we still are. Senseless violence
targeting the populace at random and especially the young is heart breaking. The
Chief Minister needs to quell these hooligans with force and establish law & order
before another major mishap occurs.

from:  G Parameswaran
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 12:37 IST

This is such a sad thing to happen. The rebelious political party cadres should be punished. Why does this innocent little boy have to pay the price for some social unrest? Would all this social eveil ever come to an end? This act should be considered as an act of terrorism as the political cadres also harm innocent people. Absolutely insane.

from:  Madhu Suthanan
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 11:29 IST

This is heights of disorderly... government should take strong action against whoever tries to disturb the law and order in the state.

from:  Harish N
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 11:05 IST

What a cruelty - the innocent family is forced to pawning. There is no
justice in this country. PMK should pay for this

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 10:47 IST

shoot at sight for those who pelt stones at buses and public. This is my sincere request to madam JJ

from:  Ramesh Rayen
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 10:45 IST

It is sad a student life is paralysed by the dirty politicians and its goondas. Who ever hit the boy, he must think if it is his own son what will happen.

Best to follow Saudi Arabia Rules for criminals.

Let me pray God the boy to get cure soon.

Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 09:04 IST

Enough is Enough, where is the law and order in Tamilnadu? Is PMK ruling
the state by their violence? Why a strong arm tactics not yet shown to
PMK and its followers? Round them up and put them in jail to stop this
nonsense..Is this anarchy?

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 07:07 IST

Let Dr.Anbumani perform the surgery free of cost and pay compensation. It was his party that instigated this mob frenzy.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 05:46 IST
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