Monday, February 28, 2011

5 cops injured in clash with students over \'bus day\'

Feb 28, 2011,CHENNAI:

At least five Chennai policemen were injured when students of Presidence College clashed with them over \'bus day celebrations\' on Monday. Police arrested more than 60 students who indulged in violence and tried to hijack three buses to their campus.

Madras high court had recently asked the police why it could not put an end to \'bus day,\' a yearly ritual when college students virtually hijack buses to celebrate a year-long journey on a route. Last Wednesday, more than 30 police personnel were injured when students of another college, Pachiayappa\'s, pelted stones at them for restricting bus day.

On Monday, trouble erupted at noon when a posse of policemen stopped the Presidence College students from taking three buses belonging to the Metropolitan Transport Corporation on to their campus. Students pelted stones and bottles at the police, injuring at least five of them. Later the police took 60 students into custody.

About seven kilometres away, in north Chennai, more than 100 students of Thyagaraya College were arrested for laying siege to a police station at Vannarapet. The students were protesting the police crackdown on bus day across the city.

However, the police do not appear to have been able to stop the ritual that has often turned violent and disrupted traffic on city roads. The day after Pachiayappa\'s college violence last Wednesday, students of Vivekananda College, Mylapore \'celebrated\' bus day.

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