Student suffers burns during jallikattu protest in Salem

Updated - January 19, 2017 06:07 pm IST

Published - January 19, 2017 05:35 pm IST - SALEM:


A college student suffered severe burns when he came in contact with an over-head equipment (OHE) live wire while participating in a rail roko agitation in support of jallikattu near Periyar Bridge in the city on Thursday.

A group of college students stopped the Bengaluru-Karaikal passenger train when it was approaching Salem Town Railway Station.

When the train stopped, they climbed on the train and marched on the roof raising slogans against PETA and urging the Centre to lift the ban on jallikattu.

R. Logesh (17) of Sathya nagar, Mannarpalayam, came into contact with the OHE live wire and suffered severe burns. He was rushed to Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital for treatment.

On hearing about the incident, more students participating in the agitation near the Collectorate rushed to the spot and prevented the train from proceeding ahead.

Railway sources said the train was halted for more than three hours. The area has come under a heavy security blanket.

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