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Eve-teasing, looting mar 'bus day'


By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, APRIL 8. Motorists in Chennai today once again bore the brunt of the new culture of ``bus day'' that is menacingly spreading among college students in the city.

After similar incidents in the recent past, students of two city colleges celebrated ``bus day'' today creating havoc along the route. The recent warning by the city Police Commissioner, Mr. P. Kalimuthu, was thrown to the winds and the police personnel who were accompanying the buses remained mute spectators to incidents of eve-teasing, looting and shop-lifting.

Women motorists and those travelling by buses were physically abused and shops along the route were raided by students armed with sticks. There was an air of terror along the route as the students were all over the bus and even standing on its roof. While one group of students took a bus to Royapettah where their college was situated, the other bus was taken to Kamarajar Salai.

Some of the students followed the bus with their shirts removed. A harassed medical college student at Kilpauk charged them with ``eve- teasing''. ``They also ransacked shops and threw missiles on pedestrians and motorists - all this with police protection''.

The bus had police jeeps in front and behind. A group of students also provided escort. They directed all the shops enroute to down shutters.

A woman motorist had a narrow escape on Chetput bridge when the students suddenly targetted her.

Apart from booing, some of the students attempted to get on the two-wheeler.

A police official who noticed the incident, came to the rescue of the victim. An eye-witness said that such incidents were reported all along the route.

The other procession also provoked similar reaction from people. A police officer said they had been given instructions not to take any action against the students as the Assembly session was in progress.

Any action against the students might have its echo in the Assembly.

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