Special Correspondent

Accused hides in staircase of bridge and attacks bus

MADURAI: Even as the police arrested eight persons on Friday in connection with attacking buses in different parts of the city in the last two days, in fresh cases reported late Friday, two State Transport Corporation buses were damaged near N. M. R. Subburaman Bridge and at Chintamani area.

Police sources said that the bus, proceeding from the Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand to the airport, was suddenly attacked with a log by an unidentified person at the centre of the bridge.

Investigations revealed that the accused was hiding in the staircase, meant for use by pedestrians. After attacking the windscreen, the accused fled from the scene under the cover of darkness.

South Gate Police have registered a case. A hunt is on to nab the accused.

In the second incident, a city bus was attacked while it was approaching Chintamani. Perungudi police have registered a case and are on the look out for the accused.

Eight held

Though the police have not succeeded in arresting the accused who torched a State bus near Arapalayam bus stand in the late hours of Thursday, they had secured eight persons who had allegedly stoned buses in Keeraithurai and Karimedu police station limits.

The accused identified included Sugumar of South Gate, and Velmurugan and Manikandan of Villapuram. They had allegedly confessed to have stoned the buses in protest against the clash in the law college campus in Chennai.

In the wake of random attacks on buses, Commissioner of Police K.Nandabalan had intensified night patrol and instructed all senior officers to monitor movements at night rounds.

Superintendent of Police M. Manohar is camping at Usilampatti following violence at the town in the afternoon, police said.