In the name of celebrating ‘Bus Day’ in Chennai, government college students engaged in unruly behaviour on June 18, climbing on buses, harassing co-passengers while also disrupting the traffic on road.
A handful of students from the Pachaiyappa's College were caught on camera climbing on a bus, dancing, doing stunts and harassing passengers. The students were seen hanging to the window bars on a moving bus, climbing up its roof and even blocking the traffic to take a group picture in front of the bus amid traffic.
According to police, the students came to the college on an MTC bus (route No 47 A) on Monday morning. Commencing their celebrations, they went as far as even allegedly attacking some passengers who refused to alight from the bus.
Such unruly behaviour on the occasion the ’bus day’ has been an ongoing affair in Chennai. The ritual is meant to be a student's celebration of the buses that ferry them to and from universities, but invariably, students damage public property and force drivers to move at snail's pace, causing massive traffic jams in the city.
Shocking visuals also show how a number of students fell down while the driver applied breaks to avoid an accident with the bike which was moving ahead of it on the road.
Even after repeated warnings by the police, the dangerous bus day celebrations weren't curbed. However, a group of 24 students was detained and arrested in this connection.
Ayanavram Police secured 13 students from Pachaiyappa's College and Ambedkar Arts and science college most of whom were old students who had influenced the freshers to celebrate bus day and create a ruckus.
In Royapettah also, Police secured a group of students of New College for creating a nuisance by travelling on the roof of the bus but let them off with a stern warning. Similar incidents were reported in other places well. The Police warned them saying their careers could be jeopardized however despite the Madras high court ban on' Bus Day' celebration which has become a public nuisance and a threat to road commuters, students still continue to do the same.