Police use mild force to disperse students in Chennai

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Police used mild force on Thursday to disperse some students who allegedly travelled on footboard in a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus and interfered with the work of the crew. According to police sources, the students of a college on Kamarajar Salai boarded the bus to celebrate ‘Bus Day'. As the bus was approaching the new Assembly and Secretariat complex on Anna Salai, the students on footboard tried to scale on top of the vehicle and also forced the driver to stop.

Police personnel deployed on bandobust duty intervened and asked the students to disperse. When they offered resistance, police used mild force, the sources added.

In another incident on Thursday, students of a private college clashed with some local people near Thiruverkadu. In the melee that followed, the students allegedly threw stones on four MTC buses, damaging the window panes. At Teynampet, a student of an arts college was arrested on charges of throwing stones on an MTC bus resulting in damage to its windshield. Police said G. Manikandan of Ponniamman Temple Street in Padi was apprehended by the police after he and his friends had a heated argument with bus conductor Narasimha Rao.