Spot : Minjur Railway Station
Date : 01 Oct 2010
From : Express News Service
One college student died on the spot and five others sustained grievous injuries in a train accident near Minjur railway station here on Thursday.
Six students of Chandra Prabhu Jain College, Minjur, were walking on the railway track after college to the Minjur railway station. The train heading for Gummidipoondi from Chennai hit them.
Vinoth (21), a student from Washermenpet, died on the spot, while five other students Vinoth Kumar (20), Majith (20), Pramod (20) and David Raj (20) of Thiruvottiyur and Raji (20) of Ennore who sustained grievous injuries were admitted to the Stanley Government Medical College Hospital for treatment. Other students gathered near the railway station and blocked the services between Gummidipoondi and Chennai for nearly three hours.The students damaged SullurpetChennai train and GummidipoondiChennai train at Minjur railway station. They also damaged the railway station.
The local police dispersed the students, recovered Vinoth's body and sent it for postmortem.
However, within a few minutes, the students gathered in the station and pelted stones at the police and mediapersons. Other people at the station also sustained injuries.
Police personnel, who were less in number,withdrew from the place and regrouped themselves and brought in more force from the local station and dispersed the students. Train services resumed around 4 pm. Tiruvallur district superintendent of police V Vanitha and RDO Kumar visited the spot and conducted an enquiry.
Ironically, the railway police were absent. When the incident took place, they didn't come to the spot.