Chennai Railway Police are on the lookout for students who were seen hanging out of the train doors and creating nuisance, in a video that went viral on social media.
According to reports, in the 30-second video, a few students can be seen hanging out of the doors of a moving suburban train, thumping the train and shouting slogans cheering Pachaiyappa College, as the train entered the Putlur station on the Chennai- Arakkonam line.
One of the students could be seen with his feet planted on the window rails. As the train reaches Putlur station, they all get down and continue shouting and creating a ruckus in the station, scaring the passengers who were waiting to board the train.
Police suspect that the incident took place on Friday. One of the students who was seen hanging outside the door, had adjusted his body in such a way that it was stretched around three metres away from the train.
Railway police have initiated an inquiry into the incident and said that stringent action would be taken once the miscreants are identified.
They also said that a letter has been sent to the principal of the college asking him to take action on the students for creating public nuisance.
This incident comes close on the heels of another incident where at least four people died and many others were injured after hitting a concrete fence at the St Thomas Mount station, while they were travelling in a crowded suburban train on July 24.
Eyewitnesses to the incident attributed the cause of the fatalities to a fence that was constructed at a distance that was too close to the train, with the result that the people hanging out from the doors of the overcrowded train didnâ€™t notice it. Three people died on the spot and the fourth died on the way to the hospital.
The controversial fence at St Thomas Mount station has since been cleared. The Railways Claims Tribunal took suo motu cognisance of the incident and announced compensation for the kin of victims and the injured.